The gift of life
Living donation can be a great option for many transplant patients with a willing family member, friend, or loved one who wants to donate a kidney, liver segment, or lobe from a lung.
Inspirational stories of hope
True stories in their own words from transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families whose lives were forever changed and connected to organ donation and transplantation.
Know your transplant team
Whether you or a loved one are having a transplant, there will be multiple people who will be part of your transplant team. Find out the people you should know before a transplant.
Waiting for a transplant
Waiting for an organ transplant can be difficult. Our patient services team provides information to better understand the organ transplant process from wait times to emotional aspects.
Understand the costs
From medical to non-medical costs, there are various costs prior, during, and after your organ transplant surgery. Be prepared by understanding the costs and create a financial plan.
Care after a transplant
Understand how to best care for yourself after an organ transplant. Expert advice on topics including preventing rejection, lifestyle changes, and other frequently asked questions.
Life after a kidney transplant
There can be a lot of questions on how to best care for your new kidney after a transplant. Learn more about caring for your new kidney through our Kidney Transplant Learning Center.
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More than 670,000 people in the United States live with end-stage renal disease and more than 100,000 people are on the kidney transplant waitlist. Learn the facts, risks, and benefits of:
- Transplant from a deceased donor
- Transplant from a living donor
- Find a living donor
- Become a living donor
Stories of Hope
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1990 when I was 6 years old. I had for the most part taken very good care of myself, and I never let T1D hold me back. In 2016 I was told that my kidneys had begun to spill protein (proteinuria), but that they still were 100% functioning, that I did not have kidney disease, and that the kidneys could be saved with a pancreas- only transplant
A campus classroom may seem like an odd spot to consider organ donation. But trust Sara Miller when she tells you it is better than a hospital waiting room. That’s where she and her family made the decision eight years ago to donate the liver of Miller’s older sister, Laura, who had been declared brain-dead days after being diagnosed with cancer at age 14.
Michael Pettijohn was a strong guy. After four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he went to work at a consulting engineering company and started taking night classes at UT San Antonio to earn his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Busy as he was, he didn’t think much of it when he started feeling tired, and didn’t even notice his eyes had turned yellow.
Kidney disease and treatment
There can be multiple circumstances and medical conditions that lead to kidney disease. Learn more about kidney disease and treatment options through our Kidney Transplant Learning Center.
In order for patients to have successful transplant outcomes, it’s important for organ recipients or living donors to have quality care and support before and after surgery. Learn more.
Find a support group
Receive support from other organ transplant patients and families by finding a support group near you. Click here to learn more and find the right type of support group for you or your family.
In the news
A new resource booklet, “What Every Parent Needs to Know,” is available for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who need or receive an organ transplant.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) was founded March 21, 1984, by the leadership of the South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF). UNOS was intended to become the nation’s organ transplant network, an idea that was still in development as Congress worked...
Strategic plan among proposals