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What is a living organ donation?

A living donation occurs when a living person donates an organ to someone in need of a transplant. The continued shortage of deceased donor organs has led to living donation. Living donors are used for kidney and liver transplants. Organs from a living donor have a better chance of long-term survival than those from a deceased donor.
Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ or part of an organ to someone in need of a transplant. The donor is most often a close family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister. A donor can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or co-worker. Non-directed donors -- those who donate anonymously and do not know their recipients -- are also becoming more common.

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