Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Who can be a living donor?

A living donor can be anyone—a parent, family member or friend. A donor has to meet certain health standards and have a donor evaluation. Based on these results, the pediatric kidney transplant surgeon and team will decide if a donor is a good match for your child.

How does a person become a living donor?

A person must clearly express his interest to be a living donor and complete a donor evaluation. If he is a match and there are no other problems or issues, the living donor surgery will be scheduled.

What happens during a living donor kidney transplant?

The donor's surgery will take place at Emory Transplant Center. During the donor's surgery, surgeons will take a kidney from the living donor to replace your child's unhealthy kidney. The donor's surgery may take three to 8 hours.

Once the donor kidney is ready, your child's kidney transplant surgery will take place. Surgery may take four to 12 hours. Typically, patients can go home seven to 14 days after the transplant surgery.

Learn how to become an organ donor