Marleny of Reading, Pa. received a life-saving kidney transplant from a loved one who was willing to be a living donor. She is now determined to help others by being an advocate for organ and tissue donation. Learn more.

WHAT IS LIVING DONATION?

Living donation is when a living individual decides to donate a kidney or a portion of his or her liver or lung lobe to someone in need of a transplant. Often, the living donor is a blood relative; however, anyone can be tested for eligibility.

ADVANTAGES OF LIVING DONATION

When doctors are able to transplant an organ from one family member to another, the genetic match is stronger and often decreases the risk of rejection.

Living donation allows the procedure to be scheduled at a convenient time for both the donor and the recipient.

Kidney transplant recipients who receive a living donor kidney often see an immediate return to normal function.

WHAT ORGANS CAN LIVING DONORS GIVE?

KIDNEY

Individuals can donate one of their two kidneys to a recipient, making this the most common type of living organ donation. Living kidney donation could eliminate up to 83 percent of the national transplant waiting list.

LIVER (LOBE)

People can donate one of two lobes of their liver. The liver cells in the remaining lobe regenerate after the donation until the organ has regrown to almost its original size. This occurs in both the donor and recipient.

LUNG (LOBE)

Lung lobes do not regenerate, but individuals can donate a lobe of one lung. Living lung donation occurs when two adults give the right and left lower lobes (from each, respectively) to a recipient. The donors’ lungs must be the right volume and size to be a correct match.

INCOMPATIBLE MATCH? YOU CAN STILL DONATE.

There are certain situations where incompatible organ transplants can be remedied through donor exchanges or specialized medical treatment. So, even if you’re diagnosed as an incompatible match for a loved one, your generous donation can still help:

LIVING DONORS MUST…

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, confer with your healthcare provider.

GET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF ORGAN DONATION.

Every 18 hours, someone in PA dies waiting for an organ that never comes.

Fortunately, you're about to help change that. If everyone in PA becomes a registered organ donor like you, everyone's got each other's back. That's what friends, neighbors and Pennsylvanians do.

All you need is your name, PA driver's license number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number.

It's the right thing to do, but don't take it from us. Hear the stories that make up the Human Side of Donation.

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