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Living Kidney Donor Program

Waiting for a kidney donor can be a long, uncertain battle for those who have kidney disease and/or kidney failure and need a life-saving kidney transplant.

Through the Rush Living Kidney Donor Program, relatives, loved ones, friends and even individuals who wish to remain anonymous can help these individuals by becoming a living donor — a person who donates one of their kidneys when they are still alive.

The Rush Living Kidney Donor Program has some of the nation’s best outcomes. Our surgeons are experts in living donation with an active program since 1973. We participate in national kidney paired exchange programs offering our recipients the opportunity for the best possible match.

Living kidney donation: the gift of life

Despite the risks and sacrifices associated with living kidney donation, most donors look back positively on their decision and are grateful for the opportunity to save a life.

Who can be a living donor?

  • Relatives
  • Friends
  • Spouses
  • Strangers
  • A person who wishes to remain anonymous

What are the benefits of living donation?

  • Significantly shorter waiting time
  • Better long-term outcomes
  • Scheduled at donor’s convenience
  • Transplant prior to dialysis

How to find a living donor:

  • Social media
  • Flyers
  • Community events
  • Hosting an event
  • Other outreach efforts

Our living donor coordinator can help potential recipients share their story.

Paired exchange

In kidney paired exchange, a donor will donate their kidney to another recipient in exchange for a compatible kidney for their recipient.

What are the benefits of paired exchange?

  • Pairs will be matched as soon as possible so your paired recipient can be transplanted quickly
  • The recipient will get the best matched donor possible because of the large pool of living donors in the exchange programs
  • Donors and recipients will not be required to travel to the recipient center in order to participate in an exchange

Contact us

For more information, please contact our living donor transplant coordinator at (312) 947-GIFT (4438). Or fill out a living donor questionnaire to determine if you are eligible to be a living kidney donor.

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