Become a Living Donor and Help Patients Like Randeep
A kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for most patients suffering from kidney failure. When the kidneys are no longer able to remove waste products from the blood, either dialysis (artificial filtering of blood) or a transplant is required for survival. Yet there are not enough deceased kidney donors to help everyone in need and dialysis alone can lead to health complications and severely impact quality of life. Living donor kidney transplants also last longer, on average, than deceased donor kidneys.
Liver transplant is a life-saving treatment for patients with advanced liver failure, for whom other treatment options have been exhausted. There are not enough deceased liver donors to meet the need for liver transplants.
By becoming a living donor, you could help more patients live longer and healthier lives.
How do living donations work?
Healthy adults can become living kidney donors after extensive medical testing determines it is safe for them. For kidney donation, one of their two kidneys is removed in a surgery and then it is transplanted into a recipient in need. In a healthy, approved donor, the remaining kidney is able to compensate for the removed kidney by increasing its functioning capacity.
Living donor liver transplantation is possible due to the liver’s ability to regenerate. Healthy adults can become living liver donors after extensive medical testing determines it is safe for them. Up to one half of their liver is removed in a surgery for transplant into a recipient in need.
Annual follow-ups with their doctor are recommended for all living kidney and liver donors.
How can I donate a kidney?
If you wish to donate to a patient in need, you should contact your local kidney transplant program. You will need to undergo a number of medical examinations and tests to determine if it would be safe for you to donate. It is also important to test if you are a match to your intended recipient. If a donor and recipient are not well matched, the recipient has a higher chance of rejecting the transplanted kidney.
If you are not well matched to your intended recipient, you can still donate and help them receive a much needed transplant from someone else. Learn more about the Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) program.
How can I donate part of my liver?
If you wish to donate to a patient in need, you should contact your local liver transplant program. You will need to undergo a number of medical examinations and tests to determine if it would be safe for you to donate and if you are an appropriate donor for your intended recipient.
For more information on living kidney donation, download any of the following brochures:
- General info – “What is Living Kidney Paired Donation” (PDF)
- General info – “Can I Be a Kidney Donor?” (PDF)
- Donor info – “I’m Not a Match For My Kidney Recipient. Can I Still Help?” (PDF)
- Recipient info – “My Kidney Donor Isn’t a Match. What Do We Do Now?” (PDF)
For more information on living liver donation please contact one of Canada’s living liver donation programs:
- Edmonton: Alberta Health Services Living Donor Services
- Edmonton: Alberta Health Services Liver Transplant Program (adult and pediatric)
- Toronto: University Health Network (UHN) Living Liver Donor Program
- Toronto: University Health Network (UHN) Multi-organ Transplant Program
- London: London Health Sciences Living Liver Donation
- Vancouver: BC Transplant Living Liver Donation