The Gift of Becoming a Living Donor
A living donor is someone who chooses to give an organ, usually a kidney, to someone while they are alive. Becoming a living donor is an act of generosity and gives hope to many people who await a kidney transplant.
However, it is a big decision and one that requires careful consideration. Consider these steps:
- Educate yourself about the process.
- Complete a living donor information form, which includes information about your entire medical and social history and helps the transplant team determine if you are a good candidate for surgery and donation.
- Once the form is completed, a member of the transplant team will reach out to you with more information about the next steps. Medical screening begins with a simple blood test, and if you are a match, additional tests will be required.
- Change your mind? At any time during the process, a living donor candidate can discontinue evaluation. Your information and reasons for not proceeding will remain confidential.
Have questions about living kidney donation in the area surrounding Springfield, Illinois?
Learn more about the qualifications to become a living kidney donor at Memorial Medical Center and complete the living donor interest contact form. An transplant services staff member will contact you to discuss the process.