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Living donation

More than 100,000 people need an organ transplant today. More people need transplants than can receive them at any given time. Living donation provides more chances of a transplant for some people in need.

Find information for patients and families to understand and navigate organ donation and transplantation below:

Questions and answers for transplant candidates about:

Living donation

How to find a living donor

I have a living donor who doesn’t match, what can I do?

Who can be a living donor

Parents, children, husbands, wives, friends, co-workers—even strangers—can be a living donor. Learn more.

Most living donors provide one of their two healthy kidneys. In less common cases, living donors can donate a part of their liver, lung, or pancreas. A living person may also donate islet cells (the cells inside the pancreas that make insulin).

Another option: kidney paired donation

A person who needs a kidney transplant has a willing living donor. But, the donor is not a match. Kidney paired donation allows people who need a kidney transplant to trade their donors. Each person can receive a kidney from a donor who is a match. Learn more.