And, no, you don’t have to die to give someone else the joy of a new and improved life. Four out of ten donations originate with a living healthy human being. In fact, living donors made over 6,000 transplants possible in 2017.
Gathered data reveals the impact of a transplant shows patients appear noticeably healthier as soon as they exit surgery. Receiving an organ from living candidates generally has more successful results than donations from a deceased donor. Improved health, quality of life and an increased life span are the frequent results for donor recipients.
Potential living donors undergo in-depth evaluations to ensure their suitability. The basic requirements of the donor include being physically fit, in good health, between 18 and 60 years of age with no diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure, currently or in the past.
When family members are not a healthy match with a patient, other options involve paired exchanges or donations where patient A’s relative gives a snip of a kidney to patient B while patient A has a relative who is compatible with patient B’s needs.
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