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Living Donations

The demand for transplant organs far exceeds the supply of available organs.

Because of this, our transplant programs offer living donations as an option for kidney and liver transplants. (Living donations are not an option for pancreas, heart or lung transplants.)

Living Liver Transplant Patient Story

What Is A Living Donor?

A living donor is someone who donates an organ or part of an organ to another person, usually a family member or friend.

Michael needed a liver transplant. His daughter was a match.
Watch their living liver donation story.

Our First Commitment: Donor Health

The decision to be a living donor is a selfless act. Our Donor Advocacy Team includes family medicine doctors, a social worker and psychologists who work with donors to ensure their well being.

All potential donors are carefully screened to ensure they are physically and psychologically healthy and know the risks and benefits of organ donation.

Are You Eligible to Donate?

You must meet minimum requirements before an evaluation at UVA:

  • Excellent general health
  • Donor age: Kidney: 18-70 years; Liver: 18-60 years

The evaluation itself takes 8-10 weeks. As a potential donor, you:

  • Undergo a medical exam with blood and urine tests, X-rays and CT scans, psychological evaluation
  • Receive the support of an independent team of nurses, a social worker, nutritionists, pharmacists, a medical doctor and a surgeon

Do Living Organ Donors Pay?

Living donation doesn’t cost anything for the donor, except whatever expenses for travel or lost work the donor incurs.

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