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:

  • Dialysis
  • 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.


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