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What is a living kidney transplant?

Living donor transplant involves removing a kidney from a healthy person (related or unrelated) that is then transplanted in a recipient. Sometimes, it is hard to find a living donor. Programs such as a living donor champion program may be available at some transplant centers to help you find a living donor. If your donor is unable to donate to you (incompatible blood group or for other reasons), you can participate in a kidney paired exchange program where they can donate to another recipient and that recipient’s donor can donate to you.

A living kidney transplant refers to when the donated kidney comes from a living person that has agreed to the donation and is matched to the recipient. Because a person can easily survive with a single kidney the donor will continue to live a life similar prior to donating, other than the immediate post-operative recovery period.

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