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Become a Living Donor

The living donation experience can be a wonderfully rewarding experience. Most donors feel very good about their decision to donate because they have helped to save or improve the life of another individual. However, the decision to donate a kidney is one to be taken seriously. Anyone considering donation should consider the following information in their decision making process and are encouraged to discuss their decision with people close to them. Learn more about considerations for becoming a living donor and hear from other patients who have undergone transplantation. 

Meet the Transplant Nurse Coordinators

The role of the transplant nurse coordinator, for every organ group, is priceless. These nurses become the main point of contact for each transplant patient and often develop special bonds with patients during their transplant journey. Watch a few brief videos to learn more about UMMC's Transplant Nurse Coordinators. 

Be Inspired by Patient Stories

The University of Maryland transplant program has helped change the lives for thousands of patients and their families. Read and watch as patients share their own experience with transplantation at UMMC. 

Learn About Three Artery Kidney Transplant

Approximately one percent of donor kidneys contain three arteries that must be reconstructed before being transplanted into a potential recipient. Dr. Stephen Bartlett, Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discusses how he is able to reconstruct those donor kidneys that arrive with three arteries through the use of advanced vascular surgery techniques he has pioneered at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Review a conversation with Dr. Bartlett about his experience with this unique procedure. 

Visit the Transplant Video Library

University of Maryland has dozens of videos on various transplant topics. Visit the Transplant Video Library to watch videos with patients and experts from abdominal and cardiothoracic transplantation. 


  • Social/Family Support

    Living donation can be a stressful experience for some people, so it is important that a donor has people in their life that will be available to provide emotional support throughout the experience.

    An individual's decision to donate may also affect those close to them, such as a significant other or parent. Therefore, it is important for the donor to discuss their wish to donate with them, especially if these individuals may serve as support persons post-operatively during the recovery period. Ideally, the emotional supports for the donor should be supportive of the decision so that they can be helpful to the donor.

    Some Things to Consider:

    • How does my significant other/close family feel about my decision to donate?
    • Are they supportive or are they against the decision?
    • If I pursue the donation and do not have the support of my significant other, will this affect my relationship with them?
    • Will they be supportive of me and my decision if the outcome of the surgery is not what is expected?
    • How will I feel if this is the case?


  • Source: http://www.umm.edu/transplant/decision.htm#ixzz2S2sDPfxm 
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  • Social/Family Support

    Living donation can be a stressful experience for some people, so it is important that a donor has people in their life that will be available to provide emotional support throughout the experience.

    An individual's decision to donate may also affect those close to them, such as a significant other or parent. Therefore, it is important for the donor to discuss their wish to donate with them, especially if these individuals may serve as support persons post-operatively during the recovery period. Ideally, the emotional supports for the donor should be supportive of the decision so that they can be helpful to the donor.

    Some Things to Consider:

    • How does my significant other/close family feel about my decision to donate?
    • Are they supportive or are they against the decision?
    • If I pursue the donation and do not have the support of my significant other, will this affect my relationship with them?
    • Will they be supportive of me and my decision if the outcome of the surgery is not what is expected?
    • How will I feel if this is the case?


  • Source: http://www.umm.edu/transplant/decision.htm#ixzz2S2sDPfxm 
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  • Social/Family Support

    Living donation can be a stressful experience for some people, so it is important that a donor has people in their life that will be available to provide emotional support throughout the experience.

    An individual's decision to donate may also affect those close to them, such as a significant other or parent. Therefore, it is important for the donor to discuss their wish to donate with them, especially if these individuals may serve as support persons post-operatively during the recovery period. Ideally, the emotional supports for the donor should be supportive of the decision so that they can be helpful to the donor.

    Some Things to Consider:

    • How does my significant other/close family feel about my decision to donate?
    • Are they supportive or are they against the decision?
    • If I pursue the donation and do not have the support of my significant other, will this affect my relationship with them?
    • Will they be supportive of me and my decision if the outcome of the surgery is not what is expected?
    • How will I feel if this is the case?


  • Source: http://www.umm.edu/transplant/decision.htm#ixzz2S2sDPfxm 
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    This page was last updated: February 5, 2014

             
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