Am I eligible to be a living kidney donor?
To be considered for a living kidney donation, you must first meet certain basic criteria:
- Healthy individual between the ages of 18 and 65, with two normal kidneys (Donors older than 65 are considered on a case-by-case basis)
- Blood type compatible with the recipient
It is important to note that the kidney donor and recipient do not need to be the same race or gender or be related. A potential donor can be a close friend, co-worker, spouse or someone who does not know the recipient.
A complete physical evaluation will be required to determine the full scope of the potential donor’s health and compatibility with the recipient. The cost of that evaluation is not the responsibility of the potential living donor kidney donor.