Any adult who is in good health can be assessed to become a living donor. Every potential donor must have a complete medical checkup to make sure they are healthy enough to donate a kidney to a person in need. However, there are many factors that must be considered. Being informed is a vital process in becoming a living kidney donor. Find out if you are eligible and learn more about how living donation works.
Any healthy adult can be considered for living kidney donation. A potential donor could be a family member, friend, neighbour, or acquaintance of the transplant candidate. The potential donor does not have to be the same age, sex or ethnicity as the transplant candidate. In fact, it can be anyone who is willing to donate.
Both the potential donor and the transplant candidate must complete medical tests and evaluations to before they can go ahead with donation and transplantation. For example, the potential donor must be healthy enough to have surgery and to remain healthy with only one kidney. Likewise, even though the transplant candidate has end-stage kidney disease and needs a new kidney, this person must be healthy enough to have the surgery and be able to handle the antirejection treatment afterwards. Special blood tests are done to see if the donor’s blood and tissue type match the transplant candidate. If these factors match, the potential donor and the candidate are called a “compatible pair” and the candidate can receive a kidney from that donor. The medical tests and evaluations will require daytime medical appointments.
After the donation, it is expected that the donor will remain in good health. Staying healthy includes getting regular checkups and health care from their family doctor.
Learn more about living kidney donation
Being informed is a vital step in the journey to become a living kidney donor. Access educational program resources, learn more about how living kidney donation works, and about how to find a living donor.
Canadian Blood Services' role in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance. We do this through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting. We also manage clinical programs that support interprovincial sharing of organs.
This site provides valuable information and data related to clinical programs and services that support interprovincial sharing of organs, professional education resources including the Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation, numerous reports, leading practices and clinical guidelines relevant to deceased donation, living donation, transplantation and tissues.
Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community across the country to facilitate inter-provincial organ sharing and to improve national system performance through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting.
The Living Donation Storytelling Project is a unique digital library of video stories, recorded by real people, sharing their living donor kidney transplant experiences. Canadian Blood Services is collaborating with The Living Donation Storytelling Project to collect and share Canadian stories. Find out how you can participate in this project and share your story.