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Living Donor 101!
Because LD101 strives to be the most comprehensive place
on the web for all things living donation related, this site is
very text heavy and reference saturated.
Our goal is not to promote living organ donatinon, but to
provide the information and support necessary for an individual
to make an educated decision about living donation (whether as a
potential donor, or as a would-be recipient, or living donor
Of equal importance is our dedication to the support and care of
current living donors, especially those who have been harmed as
a result donating. We offer explanations as well as suggestions
for accessing treatment or redress for inadquate care.
Below is what we like to call the Living Donation 101: Cliff Notes
- According to OPTN, 4.4 living kidney donors
die every year
in the US within 12 months of donating.
- 20% of living kidney donors experience
Some require surgical internvention and/or lifelong
- 40% of living liver donors experience
complications. A number
that is not expected to
decrease any time in the foreseeable future.
- Living kidney donors also experience
37 cardiovascular changes within one-year of
donating, which are associated with heart disease. In fact, a
10% reduction in kidney function significantly increases one's
risk of CV disease and death. LKDs lose 20-45% of theirs (some
more, if the remaining kidney doesn't apart).
US had no national standards of living donor care until 2013.
Even now, the policy is so vague that if a potential kidney
donor is rejected during evaluation, the transplant center
*must* tell the individual that s/he can be evaluated at another
hospital with "different selection criteria".
- We have NO comprehensive data on living donor health and
well-being. The Secretary of health mandated one year of
follow-up on all living donors in 2000, but the centers have
been so noncompliant that a 2009 report said the database was
"woefully incomplete" and "useless" for research or analysis. In
2013, OPTN admitted that 35% of LKDs were reported "lost" to
follow-up with indication contact was attempted.
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This site has always complied with HON. Due to a changing financial
landscape, HON began charging for their services in 2015. Since
LD101 has no steady revenue stream, we could not continue to
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Last Updated: August 31, 2015