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Is it safe to donate a kidney to someone?

Receiving an organ from a stranger shouldn't feel risky—and it's not. Kidney donors go through a variety of medical, surgical and physcological evaluations before they are able to donate.

In the early days of living kidney transplantation, the donor and recipient usually were direct relatives in order to reduce the chances of the transplanted organ being rejected. However, recent advances in anti-rejection drugs have greatly expanded the range of people who can donate kidneys. Friends, co-workers, spouses and others may now qualify to donate a kidney to either a loved one or even someone they have never met through a donor registry.

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