A kidney transplant from a living donor is the preferred source of organ for transplantation. Kidneys from living donors generally last twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors.
Other advantages of living-donor transplants include:
- Shorter wait time to transplantation
- Lower chance of organ rejection
- Improved short- and long-term outcomes
- Shorter hospital stays
In many cases, identifying a living donor can help your child avoid dialysis completely or decrease his/her length of time on dialysis.
If you don’t have a living donor for your child, you still have a chance of getting a kidney from a deceased donor. All patients at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list for a deceased-donor kidney.