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Some tips for Donors

Anyone who is generally healthy and has two fully functioning kidneys can be a live donor.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 27, 2003 19:32 IST
PTI

You can donate a kidney when you are alive or you can register for organ donation and carry a donor card for the donation of your kidney on your demise. In the latter case, donation depends on the cause of death and on how quickly your kin and treating doctors arrange for the harvest of organs.

Who can donate a kidney?

Anyone who is generally healthy and has two fully functioning kidneys can be a live donor.

Your tissue type should match that of the patient.

What is the advantage of donating a live Kidney?

To the donor, there is no discomfort. If his other kidney is healthy, it is adequate to perform all kidney functions. To the recipient the benefits are many:

The patient does not have to join the long queue for the availability of a kidney.

The quality of the organ tends to be superior to that of a kidney removed from a cadaver. The organ spends minimum time in storage.

The success rate of live kidney transplant is high.

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Oct 27, 2003 19:32 IST