More than 1,000 Indiana residents and 100,000 people nationally are waiting.
They are waiting on an organ donation that will not only save their life, but allow them to get back to living it fully.
Increasingly, patients not only receive transplants from deceased donors, but may also receive organs from living donors. In fact, for kidney, bone marrow and sometimes even a portion of a liver, living organ donation has become more common, offering those on the waiting list a greater chance of finding a match.
Life Changing Decision
When you decide to become a living donor, you are offering another person a new beginning. Before you make a final decision, it’s important to educate yourself about the donation process, required testing and recovery time.
Nearly everyone qualifies to be an organ donor and registration is easy. You can register to be an organ donor by visiting the Donate LIfe Indiana website.
Living Donation at IU Health
IU Health Transplant provides specialized clinical expertise in all related transplant services and is the most comprehensive center of its kind in the region.
The most common kind of living donation is kidney transplant. Anyone can donate a kidney to another person, and kidney transplants from living donors are generally more successful and last longer than a deceased donor kidney. The kidney donor's surgery is usually done by a laparoscopic method (small incision), resulting in less pain and quicker recovery times.
Other transplant procedures performed at IU Health include:
Visit our transplant resources page for more information about giving or receiving an organ transplant at IU Health.