Parents, children, husbands, wives, friends, co-workers–even total strangers–can be living donors.
Living donor candidates should be:
- In good physical and mental health
- At least 18 years old
- Be willing to donate: No one should feel that they MUST donate
- Be well informed: A good donor candidate has a solid grasp of the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes, both good and bad, for both the donor and recipient
- Have a good support system
Transplant program assess the medical and psychosocial health of potential living donors.
Learn more about who can be a living donor.
Transplant programs also require written informed consent process that informs the prospective living donor of all aspects of and potential outcomes from living donation.
View requirements for:
- Living donor informed consent – Section 14.3 of the OPTN policies
- Living donor medical evaluation – Section 14.4 of the OPTN policies
- Living donor psychosocial evaluation – Section 14.1 of the OPTN policies
- Independent living donor advocate – Section 14.2 of the OPTN policies
Reference and Publication Information
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is committed to providing accurate and reliable information for transplant patients. The content on this page was originally created on February 25, 2005 by UNOS and last modified on January 24, 2017. The following sources were used as references:
United Network for Organ Sharing. (2011). What Every Patient Needs to Know [Booklet]. Richmond, VA: United Network for Organ Sharing.
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