Boston Medical Center has a well-established Living Donor Program and has completed more than 300 living donor kidney transplants.
Living donor kidney transplantation is an alternative to a recipient waiting on the deceased-donor waiting list and remaining on dialysis. Live-donor kidneys have significantly better long-term survival than those from a deceased donor.
Living donors can be family members, friends, or anonymous. They must be at least 18 years old.
At Boston Medical Center, all living donor candidates are encouraged to ask questions at any time. The Transplant Team provides education and support, and works collaboratively to create a relationship that ensures donors feel comfortable. All donor candidates go through a thorough medical and psychosocial evaluation to help determine if living donation is safe and right for them. The healthcare provider team that performs this evaluation is separate from the intended recipient's care provider team, and all information is held in strictest confidence. A donor’s personal and medical information will not be shared with the potential recipient at any time. The intended recipient’s insurance covers the cost of the donor evaluation.
The Gift of Life guide provides helpful information for individuals who are considering living donation.