Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Give a kidney, one's enough

If you are thinking of donating a kidney there’s a great new charity and website just launched to support altruistic kidney donation. The history, rationale, risks, statistics and reports are all available but most powerful are the stories: “pity I can’t do it again”; “my heart told me to do it”; “the risks are less than those of mountaineering or micro-light flying”.


melindamay said...

Trying to enrol but no-one seems to know my blood group,doc,med sec,pct all drew blank yet info requested on appln form's covering letter. surely this can be obtained at hosp & doesn't require all this frustrating activity

Lisa Burnapp, Lead Nurse, Living Donation, NHSBT said...

Dear Melinda, I am sorry that you have had a frustrating experience. It is possible that you have never had your blood group tested previously for your own health reasons, which may be why it is not available on your medical record. Blood group testing is done for pregnant women, blood donors and usually (but not always) if you have had an operation in hospital. If none of these apply to you, it is very unlikely that you will have had your blood group tested previously. If you are considering living kidney donation, the best thing to do is to contact the living donor co-ordinator team in your closest transplant centre. You will find these details on the 'Give a Kidney-One's Enough' charity website at The living donor co-ordinators are experienced in helping with queries like this and will be able to advise you about the best way to find out the information that is needed. I hope that this is helpful.

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