HOW TO DONATE A KIDNEY

How to begin the process

There are a wide variety of resources in Canada to help people wanting to register as organ donors, as well as those needing organ transplants. Here are a couple of those.

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The following information is from the Kidney Foundation of Canada website

If you are interested in becoming a living kidney donor and are in good health, here are some steps you can take:

  • Learn as much as you can about living donation. You must come forward of your own accord and learn as much as you can about what is involved in donating a kidney. You can only make an informed decision by getting as much information as possible and discussing your interest with your family as well as healthcare professionals. Your decision to become a living donor is a voluntary one and it has to be right for you. You can also change you mind at any time.
  • Find out your blood type: You will need to have a blood test done to determine your blood type. Your doctor can help you arrange this test, if you don't already know your blood type.
  • Confirm blood type compatibility. Contact the transplant center that is taking care of the potential recipient to confirm whether your blood type is compatible. The donor and recipient don’t necessarily need to have the same blood type but they must be compatible.
  • Contact Lou to let her know that you are interested in becoming a kidney donor.

Canadian Transplant Society

Visit www.cantransplant.ca to read more about this resource. Remember to mention Laurie Chappell's name as the potential recipient if you are wanting to sign up as a kidney donor.

The Next Step

If you wish to donate to a patient in need, such as Lou, Lou will advise her medical team that you have approached her.

  • You will need to undergo a number of medical examinations and tests to determine if it would be safe for you to donate.
  • It is also important to test if you are a match to Lou.
  • If you as a potential kidney donor and Lou as the potential recipient are not well matched, then there is a higher chance of the transplanted kidney being rejected.
  • If you are not well matched to your intended recipient, you can still donate and help them receive a much needed transplant from someone else. Learn more about the Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) program.