Improving lives through organ eye and tissue donation

Living Donation

Living Donation

Kidneys are the organs most commonly donated and the one needed the most. Living donors may also donate a portion of their liver or lung to give others a second chance at life. Nationwide, African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans make up 35% of the individuals on the waiting list for kidney transplants. In North Carolina and in many other Southern states, that figure exceeds 50%.

Any type of surgery involves risks but there are a number of benefits to living kidney donation.

  • Patients don’t always have to get on the transplant waiting list
  • The surgery can actually be scheduled at a convenient time
  • Statistically, transplants from living donors are more successful

Immediate family members are most likely to be a good match. Close friends and even strangers can however donate a kidney. If you are interested in becoming a living donor, contact the Transplant Department at Carolinas Medical Center, the only transplant center in the region.

Prevention

Fortunately, many of the leading causes of organ failure such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer can be prevented.  Being healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle not only will keep you from needing a transplant, but will keep your organs healthy in case you ever want to become a living donor. Additional information for people interested in living donation or who have had an organ transplant is available at www.transplantliving.org.

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