A kidney transplant is an option for patients who are experiencing end-stage kidney (or renal) disease. The Kidney Transplantation program offers transplantations from both living and deceased donors.
The care team includes a donor coordinator, recipient coordinators, nephrologists, surgeons, pharmacists, and many other staff members who are specially trained to care for transplant patients.
Anyone interested in donating a kidney (living donor) may contact
Susanna Gust, RN by calling 612-863-8886 to request a packet of information and to undergo screening. Living donors may be related or unrelated to the recipient. Or, fill out the
Potential Kidney Donor Registration Form.
Abbott Northwestern's Transplantation Department participates in the North Central Donor Exchange Cooperative.
In living paired donation, there are 2 pairs of donors and recipients. In the first pair, donor 1 is not compatible with recipient 1. As well, donor 2 and recipient 2 are also in compatible. However, the good news is that donor 1 and recipient 2 are compatible and donor 2 is compatible with recipient 1. When this happens, the care team will conduct complete evaluations for a matched exchange with each pair and the surgeries are scheduled to take place at the same time.
Organ donation: transforming a life Judy Wittenberg recalls clearly what her doctor said on the day she had surgery that would allow her to donate a kidney to her older brother, Jeff Wittenberg.
Kidney donors: Contact
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