A medical student watches monitors as Dr. Dorry Segev performs arthroscopic surgery during a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Doctors from Johns Hopkins transplanted the kidney from a living donor into the patient recipient.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Every year, hundreds of Canadians volunteer to have one of their organs removed to donate to someone in need, usually a friend or close relative. Some choose to donate to strangers, usually anonymously.What does it take to be a living organ donor? They must …
- Have a strong desire to donate and a clear understanding of what is involved, particularly the risks. Transplant centres and organizations have developed systems of screening donors to ensure they understand the procedure and the risks, to make sure their motivations are not suspect and that they are giving informed consent.
- Be between 18 and 60 and in good health. Kidney donors should be able to undergo surgery with no major complications. They must have no evidence of kidney disease or other major medical conditions that might increase their risk of kidney disease, including diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure or cancer. Living liver donors cannot be pregnant, a smoker at the time of surgery, or overweight. Donors are expected to have a body mass index of 30 or less. The donor must have a compatible blood type with the recipient. Continue reading
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