A friend of my family needs a kidney.
I am a potential match.
I want to donate my kidney to her but have to fly to Rhode Island for testing at the transplant center to see if I'm a match. Most of my medical expenses will be covered but travel expenses are not.
This money will go towards two economy class flights from Portland Oregon to Boston so I can get the testing.
The recipient of my kidney, if I am given medical clearance to donate, currently has renal failure and needs a kidney to live. I have a matching blood type and am a good chance at being able to donate.
Any additional funds raised will go to Rhode Island Hospital's Living Donor Transplant Program.
Why am I donating my kidney?
"When I look inside myself and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I look outside myself and see that I am everything, that is love."
About living donor transplantation
"The success rate is higher for those receiving a kidney from a living donor than those from a deceased donor. Also the expected lifespan of a kidney from a living donor is 12-20 years, verses 7-8 years for those obtained from a deceased donor." - Division of Organ Transplantation, Rhode Island Hospital.
Because I am young and in good health there is very little detriment to my health in giving a kidney and will be able to live a full normal life.
Do you get compensated for donating a kidney?
A: No. Donation is strictly voluntary. The recipients insurance covers the costs of most testing and surgery for the donation. Donors are not compensated. All costs associated with travel and time lost from work are up to the donor to pay for.
Are there risks associated with donating a kidney?
A: As with any surgery yes, but complications are rare and minimal. Donating a kidney does not decrease the donors life span significantly. Donors will have to be more mindful about their health and have more frequent wellness visits with their doctor over their life time to check for any complications. After surgery donors typically spend 2 days in the hospital then can expect a 3-4 week at home recovery period.
Who can donate?
A: Persons between the ages of 18-60 who are in good health. The donor be a compatible blood type to the recipient. For example I have type A blood which is compatible with the blood type of the woman I wish to donate to.
Learn more: The National Kidney Foundation