As you consider donating a kidney you may have some mixed emotions. The decision may be easy or difficult depending on your situation.
The decision to donate a kidney is personal. There are many things you will need to think about but, most important, you must choose what is right for you. You should not feel any pressure or feel rushed into making a decision.
You may donate a kidney to a blood relative (parent, sibling or child) or an unrelated person (partner, colleague, friend).
If you decide to donate, there are many tests both you and the kidney recipient will need to take. These blood tests will show if your blood and tissue will work with the recipient. If you and the recipient have a good match and are emotionally ready, surgery will be scheduled.
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 incompatible. 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.
For more information on donating a kidney, contact Susanna Gust, RN or call 612-863-8886 to request a packet of information and to undergo screening.