"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." -Anonymous
Making the decision to be a living donor is a noble and generous gift. You will be giving a loved one a renewed chance at life. We understand there are many considerations you will have to take into account. We attempted to answer some questions you may have, but if you have additional questions or would just like to speak with someone about the living donation process, please contact Memorial Kidney Transplant Program and Surgery Services. We'd be glad to help you during your decision-making process.
Qualifications to be a Living Donor
All donors wanting to be a kidney donor at Memorial Medical Center MUST meet the following criteria:
- Over age 21
- Complete education class Donor 101
- Body Mass Index (weight in relationship to height) less than 30
- Approval by transplant surgeon
- Approval by transplant nephrologist (kidney doctor)
- Approval by financial coordinator
- Approval by social worker
- Meet with donor advocate
- Laboratory testing (blood and urine) within normal limits
Donors may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Patient Selection Committee.
Additional testing may be necessary for donors with certain medical conditions. Your Clinical Transplant Coordinator will let you know which additional tests are needed, if any.
Donors will not be considered for a living organ donation if they fall into one or more of these categories:
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Cardiac conditions
- Active IV drug use
- Males in prison within the past 6 months