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Can a person live with one kidney?

A person can live with one kidney. In fact, most transplanted kidneys come from people who donated one of their kidneys. Since they are healthy people, one healthy kidney can do the work of two kidneys. If the kidney is not healthy, it is less likely someone could live with one kidney.
A kidney donor can live with just one kidney as long as he or she remains healthy. In this video, Ronald Martin, RN, with the transplant services team at Riverside Community Hospital, says that prospective kidney donors are evaluated extensively.

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