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Division of Transplantation

Information for Transplant Donors

Living Donor Transplantation

A living donor transplant involves removing a kidney from a person who is alive and healthy and wishes to donate a kidney to a loved one. Living donors will generally have close emotional ties with the person to whom they donate. With a living donor, there is the important benefit of having the transplant done under ideal conditions, i.e., at a time that is best for both the donor and the recipient. When there is a blood relationship, there is usually a closer “tissue” match between the donor and recipient, however, even biologically unrelated people can donate a kidney with excellent results. A living donor kidney offers the best outcome for kidney transplantation. The success rate for living donor transplantation is greater than 95%.