Related Donor Transplantation
Donation from a Family Member
Many living donor transplants are between related family members. The first
step in identifying the right family donor is to determine compatibility.
Tissue and blood testing will determine if a potential donor and recipient
are a match. Because these traits are inherited from both parents, it
might more likely to find a match from a patient's own family than
from an unrelated person. A closer genetic match will lessen the likelihood
of rejection. A healthy parent, child, sibling, or other genetic relative
of the patient may volunteer to donate one of their functioning kidneys
to the recipient. The donor will undergo tests to assure he or she can
live a healthy life with the remaining kidney. A donor's medical costs
will be the responsibility the recipient, and are often covered by a recipients
medical insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.