Living Kidney Donation

Improving another person's quality of life for years to come

Thank you for your interest in living kidney donation.

The decision to become a living kidney donor to a loved one or to a stranger as a non-directed donor can be life enhancing for the recipient as well as the donor.

Our team is dedicated to supporting living donors throughout their journey.

Please review our Living Kidney Donation booklet to learn more about living kidney donation and what to expect as a living donor. Our primary concern is your health, safety and well-being before, during and after kidney donation.

Why Become a Living Donor?

Living donors help reduce or eliminate the need for patients experiencing kidney failure to start dialysis or spend years waiting for a deceased donor transplant. A kidney from a living donor will function better and last longer because the donor is healthy and it is placed into the recipient shortly after being removed from the donor.

Because of these factors, patients receiving a kidney from a living donor have better one-year patient and kidney survival rates than patients receiving a kidney from a deceased donor. This advantage continues long term.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • A living donor does not have to be related to the recipient. Compatibility is based on blood type (ABO) and tissue/HLA typing. Age and size are also taken into consideration. If you are not compatible with your intended recipient, there may still be options for living donation. These options include treatments for the recipient in order to accept the kidney or participation in paired kidney donation, also known as a "donor swap".
  • All information between a potential living donor and IU Health Transplant is confidential due to privacy laws. The transplant center is unable to share any donor information with a recipient in need of a kidney transplant.

Watch: What to Expect with Living Kidney Donation

How to Become a Living Donor at IU Health

To donate a kidney, the first step is to complete and submit the required Living Donor Evaluation Form. In this confidential online form, you will provide detailed personal and family medical history.

A living donor coordinator will contact you within five business days to review your information, answer any questions and explain the evaluation process. All communication between the transplant center and a potential donor is confidential.

Contact

To learn more about the living kidney donation program:

What to Expect with Living Kidney Donation

Please review our Living Kidney Donation booklet to learn more about living kidney donation and what to expect as a living donor. Our primary concern is your health, safety and well-being before, during and after kidney donation.

Why Become a Living Donor?

Living donors help reduce or eliminate the need for patients experiencing kidney failure to start dialysis or spend years waiting for a deceased donor transplant. A kidney from a living donor will function better and last longer because the donor is healthy and it is placed into the recipient shortly after being removed from the donor.

Because of these factors, patients receiving a kidney from a living donor have better one-year patient and kidney survival rates than patients receiving a kidney from a deceased donor. This advantage continues long term.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • A living donor does not have to be related to the recipient. Compatibility is based on blood type (ABO) and tissue/HLA typing. Age and size are also taken into consideration. If you are not compatible with your intended recipient, there may still be options for living donation. These options include treatments for the recipient in order to accept the kidney or participation in paired kidney donation, also known as a "donor swap".
  • All information between a potential living donor and IU Health Transplant is confidential due to privacy laws. The transplant center is unable to share any donor information with a recipient in need of a kidney transplant.

Watch: What to Expect with Living Kidney Donation

How to Become a Living Donor at IU Health

To donate a kidney, the first step is to complete and submit the required Living Donor Evaluation Form. In this confidential online form, you will provide detailed personal and family medical history.

A living donor coordinator will contact you within five business days to review your information, answer any questions and explain the evaluation process. All communication between the transplant center and a potential donor is confidential.

Contact

To learn more about the living kidney donation program:

Complete Living Donor Evaluation Form

To donate a kidney, the first step is to complete and submit the required Living Donor Evaluation Form. In this confidential online form, you will provide detailed personal and family medical history.

Open Donor Evaluation Form

Patient Testimonials

Watch these two stories as living donors and their recipients talk about their journeys.

Friend Saves a Life
A Brother's Love

Patient Stories for Living Kidney Donation

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