There are two types of organ donors, deceased or living. Deceased donor organs are obtained through procurement services offered by the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (LLF), a non-profit organ and tissue donation program.
The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center encourages live organ donation for our kidney transplant patients. We also offer a live donor program for liver transplant patients as well.
Benefits of Living Donation
There are many benefits to having a living donor. Often, a living donor is a relative. Such genetic matches lower the risk of organ, and genetically matched organs actually begin to function sooner than non-genetically matched organs.
Having a living donor also shortens the amount of time a patient spends on the waiting list. Furthermore, living donation surgeries can be scheduled, allowing for the patient and the donor to find a time that works best (summer vacation, winter break, etc.)
Find out more about live organ donation.