When you choose to donate a kidney to someone you are literally “Giving the Gift of Life” to that person.
Donating a kidney to someone who is in great need, is one of the most selfless gifts one person can give to another. When you choose to donate a kidney to someone you are literally “Giving the Gift of Life” to that person. >> read more
Kidney donation is one of the most meaningful things a person can ever do. It can be the closest thing, to a miracle, that anyone will ever experience.
Most people are born with two kidneys. After donating a kidney, a person can live a long and healthy life with just one. The remaining kidney grows bigger and simply takes over for both kidneys.
Living kidney donation has been going on for more than 50 years. Studies show that living with one kidney does not increase the donor’s risk of future health problems. Donating a kidney does not change your life expectancy. In fact, one study found that kidney donors actually live longer than the general population. This is probably because only very healthy people become kidney donors in the first place.
Studies to date have not established an increased risk of developing high blood pressure after donating a kidney. However, high blood pressure is extremely prevalent in the American population (20-25%), so it is advised that all kidney donors have their blood pressure checked at least once a year.
Studies also show that donors report that their health after donation was the same as it was before their donation.
Kidney donation is a great act of generosity, but – it is not a decision to be taken lightly. If you are considering becoming a living donor, or are interested in finding out more information about living donation, you should call your nearest Transplant hospital. The transplant team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Donating an organ to help another person live, can be a very rewarding experience. Even with the sacrifices involved, most living donors are positive about their decision and say it is one of the most important things they have ever done. Many living donors say that they feel better about themselves after donating. Some say that they feel like their life has a higher purpose.