What Blood type do I have to be in order to considered a viable candidate?
It varies by the recipients blood type, for instance I am an A blood type (+/- does not matter in this case), so I can match with A's and
How long is the recovery period?
The recovery period for the donor: It is very common for the donor to only have a hospital stay 1 - 3 days long and a full recovery time of
2 -4 weeks.
The recovery period for the recipient: Hospital stay ranges from 3 -7 days, while the full recovery time may take up to 7 weeks.
Does life change after the transplant?
For the donor: Not really, you can still live a long and normal life with just one functioning kidney. Though it is suggested that you
implement a healthy lifestyle to ensure this possibility.
For the recipient: Yes. Better quality of life as well as life expectancy will increase. Due to the more relaxed freedom of living with a
transplant as opposed to on Dialysis they may also be less depressed, energized, and show an over all improvement in well being.
How much does it cost to be a donor?
Medically speaking, it depends on the recipients insurance. My insurance covers total cost of the surgery and hospital stay for the
donor. However some insurance do have limitations and/or stipulations and could cost significantly more to the donor and recipient.
What is it like to be a donor? Is it possible to speak with one?
As someone in who is on the other end (a recipient), I can't fathom what that experience is like. However I have found a few ways for
people to reach out to others that have been in that situation to better gain insight on what the experience is like.
1.) Contact the Oschner Multi-organ Transplant Center to have a transplant coordinator put you in touch with someone.
Phone : (504) 842-3925
2.) Contact the National Kidney Foundation's Peer Hotline or email.
Phone: 1-855-653-7337 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3.) Contact the Living Kidney Donors Network
Are there any other resources available on being a donor/recipient or coping with renal failure.
Yes, besides from your transplant doctors and coordinator there is a wealth of information that can be found online.
A few sources that I found trust worthy and helpful: