There are many benefits to becoming a living donor. One of the most obvious benefits is that you can save a life, or drastically improve the quality of life for the recipient. Long-term survival is markedly improved among patients who receive a donor kidney compared with patients who remain on dialysis. When a recipient has a living donor, the wait time for transplant is shorter and the transplant can be scheduled. This allows for donations to take place when the recipient is in good health and when it is convenient for both the donor and the recipient, such as summer vacation or winter break.
Live organs that are transplanted last longer than cadaveric organs, and live organs begin to function more quickly than cadaveric donations. This helps ease the process for the recipient, and frees up a cadaveric kidney for another recipient.
Pamela Paulk's Kidney Donation at Johns Hopkins Medicine
Kidney donation transforms the lives of two Johns Hopkins co-workers.
Many living donors experience positive feelings of life and joy. One donor, Pamela Paulk, used a Martin Luther King, Jr. quotation to express herself:
Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
If you are interested in becoming a living kidney donor, call 410-614-9345 or register online.