The Savvy Patient - Living kidney transplant: a gift of life

Advances in anti-rejection drugs have greatly expanded the range of donors

In this week’s “Savvy Patient” column in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Randolph Schaffer, M.D., provides insight on living kidney donation.

Each year in the United States, about 6,000 people voluntarily donate one of their healthy kidneys to a friend, sibling, or other loved one. And increasingly, living kidney donations are being completed without either party ever meeting.

But no matter the circumstance, a living kidney donation is often a lifesaving intervention for the recipient – and an emotionally rewarding experience for the donor.

For more about living kidney donation and to read the full article: Living kidney transplant: a gift of life.

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