Kidney Paired Donation Program
It is not uncommon for a friend or family member to offer to donate a kidney, but then discover that they are not a suitable match for the child. In situations like these, a regional or nationwide Kidney Paired Donation program offers an innovative solution to provide the best outcomes for those involved.
Once a living donor and recipient are determined to have incompatible blood types or tissue types, their medical data is entered into the Kidney Paired Donation database. After extensive medical testing of the donor, a computer matching program identifies compatible donor/recipient pairs.
An Example: Let’s say Living Donor A wants to donate a kidney to Recipient A, but they are not compatible. In another part of the country, Living Donor B wants to donate a kidney to Recipient B, but they are not compatible either. However, a Kidney Paired Donation database reveals that Living Donor B is a perfect match for Recipient A and Living Donor A is a good match for Recipient B. In this way, both donor candidates can donate a kidney and both recipients will receive a compatible kidney.