Most of us are born with two kidneys. However, a healthy person can live a normal, healthy life with just one. This means that a healthy person can give a kidney to someone whose kidneys aren’t working. This gift is living kidney donation.
Healthy adults may also be able to become living liver donors after extensive medical testing. A portion of the donor’s liver is surgically removed and transplanted into a recipient in need.
Girl receives lifesaving kidney, thanks to former babysitter
A 13-year-old Ontario girl is looking forward to a bright future after a lifesaving transplant made possible by a special program for living organ donors ― and a very selfless former babysitter.
Am I eligible to be a living kidney donor?
Living Kidney Donation Eligibility
Any adult who is in good health can be assessed to become a living donor. Every potential donor must have a complete medical checkup to make sure they are healthy enough to donate a kidney to a person in need. However, there are many factors that must be considered.
Kidney paired donation is a program that matches transplant candidates with suitable living donors. It gives people the chance to become a living kidney donor while ensuring that someone they want to help receives a needed kidney, even if they are not a direct match.
Living Kidney Donation Information and Learning Resources
Being informed is a vital step in the journey to become a living kidney donor. Find out if you are eligible, access educational program resources, learn more about how living kidney donation works, and understand how to find a living donor.
Circle of Excellence Program Encourages Canadian Organizations to Provide Financial Support for Living Organ Donors
Canadian Blood Services is proud to have joined the Living Donor Circle of Excellence, a new program launched by the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST). CST, in collaboration with the American Society of Transplantation, introduced the Living Donor Circle of Excellence program to celebrate employers who implement policies that provide salary support to employees who choose to be living organ donors.
To learn more about the CST Living Donor Circle of Excellence program and how to join the circle, visit the website here.
Canadian Blood Services' role in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance. We do this through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting. We also manage clinical programs that support interprovincial sharing of organs.
This site provides valuable information and data related to clinical programs and services that support interprovincial sharing of organs, professional education resources including the Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation, numerous reports, leading practices and clinical guidelines relevant to deceased donation, living donation, transplantation and tissues.
Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) community across the country to facilitate inter-provincial organ sharing and to improve national system performance through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting.
The Living Donation Storytelling Project is a unique digital library of video stories, recorded by real people, sharing their living donor kidney transplant experiences. Canadian Blood Services is collaborating with The Living Donation Storytelling Project to collect and share Canadian stories. Find out how you can participate in this project and share your story.