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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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34,771

transplants performed last year

6,183

living donor transplants performed last year

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:

  • Dialysis
  • Transplant from a deceased donor
  • Transplant from a living donor
  • Find a living donor
  • Become a living donor

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Stories of Hope

Losing a sister, saving a life with donation

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.

‘Yes’ means we’ve become a family

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.

The special bond of Hudson and Uncle Trevor

Jordan and Morgan Hill carry with them a custom-made coin inspired by their son’s liver transplant and the man who saved his life. Morgan had the coin made weeks before his older brother, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Lt. Col. Trevor Hill, flew to Seattle from North Carolina to donate part of his liver to his 8 ½-month-old nephew, Hudson.

Living donation

Living donation is when a healthy living organ donor gives an organ such as a kidney or part of an organ such as a portion of a lung, liver, pancreas, or intestine to a recipient.

Costs

Before undergoing an organ transplant, it’s important to understand the costs. You will want to work with your transplant team make sure you have an individual plan to cover transplant costs.

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.

Caregivers

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

UNOS celebrates 34th anniversary founding

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...