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Living Donor Requirements

Many requirements must be met to ensure a living donor is a match.

Living donors can be siblings, parents, relatives, friends, in-laws, neighbors, co-workers, religious service members, and even altruistic strangers. There are a few requirements that must be met for living donation. If you meet the points below and are interested in becoming a live kidney donor, call 410-614-9345 or register online.

  • Good physical and mental health
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a body mass index (BMI) that is less than 35
  • Must be free from the following:
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hepatitis
    • Organ diseases
    • Infectious diseases

In addition, live organ donors should have a strong support system to rely on for emotional and physical needs during this time.

Finally, all live kidney donations must be a completely voluntary decision. Donors should be free from any pressure or guilt associated with the donation, and cannot be paid for their donation. In 1984, the U.S. Congress passed the National Organ Transplant Act, which makes it illegal to buy or sell organs.

To become a living kidney donor, call 410-614-9345 or register online.