The gift of life: kidney donation
When you donate a kidney, you give someone the most precious gift — a chance to live a healthier, longer life. Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in medicine. If you have a family member or close friend who needs a kidney transplant, you may be especially eager to step forward as a potential donor – especially because living-donor transplants tend to happen sooner and with better results
than deceased donor transplants.
“Every time I see the recipient, I think of how good she looks, how she is able to travel freely through life without the concern of dialysis. It is truly a miracle and a blessing.”
Many donors find their lives enhanced by the experience, and past studies have found that more than 92% of living donors would make the same decision to donate again today. For some donors, the decision comes easily. Others need time to work through their questions, concerns and fears.
Regardless of where you are in the decision-making process, everyone considering transplant should learn all they can about what to expect, from eligibility testing
and recovery. The Barnes-Jewish and Washington University transplant team
is here to provide the support and resources you need at every point in the process, as you consider donating life
and health to a friend or loved one.
“I didn’t want to live the rest of my life without him. I didn’t want to finish raising my children without him. We were all going to benefit from him. I knew I had as much to gain, if not more, than he did.”
For additional information or to begin a kidney transplant evaluation, call