Living kidney donation is when a healthy living person decides to donate a kidney to someone who has kidney failure. Living donation can be considered for a family member, friend, co-worker, or even a complete stranger. Kidney donation is a personal decision and should be considered only after being fully informed of the process.
The Living Kidney Donor evaluation involves several steps. Potential donors will meet with all members of the living donor team during this process. The team includes physicians, surgeons, nurse coordinators, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and an Independent Living Donor Advocate. Potential donors are screened carefully to make sure they are healthy and able to donate
Donors are not responsible for any expenses related to the testing, surgery or hospitalization for living donation.
The Independent Donor Advocate (ILDA) is a social worker who has received advanced education to be an independent and specialized advocate for the living donors. The ILDA's role is to make sure the living donors understand the entire living donor process and have had their questions answered. The ILDA will ensure that potential donors receive all the information they need throughout all phases of donation. As a potential living donor, any questions or concerns you may have about the care you receive from the transplant team may be directed to the ILDA.
For more information on the transplant services at UPMC in Central Pa., call our toll-free number at 1-877-778-6110.
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