Organ Donor Awareness: Why Living Donation?
People who have experienced kidney failure as a result of living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have three options for treatment:
- Kidney transplant from a deceased donor
- Kidney transplant from a living donor
While dialysis performs the functions that healthy kidneys normally would, it is a temporary solution. Kidney transplant from a deceased donor is a preferred alternative; unfortunately the demand for kidneys far outweighs the supply of organs available for transplant.
Approximately 6,690 candidates in Pennsylvania are on the kidney transplant waiting list.
- Living kidney donation is a way to reduce the wait for a life-saving transplant.
- Kidneys from living donors last an average of 25 years, compared to 15 years for kidneys that come from a deceased donor.
- The transplant procedure can be scheduled at a time convenient for both the donor and the recipients.