What makes someone a good candidate to donate a kidney?

To be a good candidate for living kidney donation, a person must be at least 18 years old or less than 70 years old. Living donors should be in good overall physical and mental health and free from uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and organ diseases. They must pass all tests done by the transplant team. If any part of the tests comes back as unacceptable, then another donor must be considered. If there is no other donor, then the recipient can be placed on a waiting list.

People who can be considered to be a living donor can be blood relatives or someone who has an emotional bond with you such as a husband, wife or good friend.

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