Any adult who is in general good health can be assessed to become a living donor. Every potential donor must participate in thorough medical assessments to ensure they are healthy enough to donate one of their kidneys or part of their liver.
The kidney donation process involves the surgical removal of one kidney from a healthy donor and transplanted into a recipient in need. In a healthy, approved donor, the remaining kidney is able to compensate for the removed kidney by increasing its functioning capacity.
Healthy adults can become living liver donors after extensive medical testing. Up to one half of the donor’s liver is surgically removed and transplanted into a recipient in need. Annual follow-ups with a doctor are recommended for all living organ donors.