There is no greater gift than giving a kidney to someone on dialysis or approaching dialysis. Receiving a kidney transplant can make a significant difference to someone who is approaching or living on dialysis. Furthermore kidney transplant outcomes are better for those who receive a kidney from a living donor than a deceased donor.
Why? This is because kidney donors are healthy and fit but it is also because the kidney given to the recipient is transplanted within a short time period from donation.
The aim of every kidney transplant unit in Australia is to ensure that the kidney donor is fit, healthy and safe to live with one kidney in the long term. The work up aims to ensure that a donor is fit and able to give a kidney and live with one kidney long term. This work up takes a minimum of 3- 6 months.
There are numerous websites that cover the workup process and what it involves. This website invites you to speak/contact a kidney donor to get independent advice about how it affected them.