Living Donation

How to Become a Living Organ Donor

Some candidates for kidney or liver transplantation may have a living relative, spouse, or close friend who is interested in donating a kidney or part of his or her liver. Such a donation is called a living donation.

A potential donor may be considered if he or she is at least 18 years of age and has a blood type (A, B, O, AB) that is compatible with the recipient's blood type. After a compatible blood type is confirmed, other preliminary tests are performed.

If these tests indicate that the donor candidate is medically eligible, the transplant coordinator presents the information gained through testing to the Transplant Committee. If test results indicate that a living donation is appropriate for donor and recipient, presurgical testing begins.

Living donation is not for everyone. However, most living donors feel that their donation is one of the most positive events in their lives.

Living donation is a lifesaving procedure that gives hope to adults and children waiting for a liver transplant. Adult-to-child living-donor liver transplants have helped diminish waiting list deaths and offers a second chance at life to children in need. Learn more about pediatric living-donor liver transplants.




UPMC and Donate Life America Partnership

UPMC and Donate Life America are partnering to raise awareness of living donation.

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If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department. For urgent referrals, please contact UPMC’s 24-hour physician referral service by calling 1-800-544-2500.