The Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children's works to identify kidney transplant donors.
All living donors must be healthy and have excellent kidney function.
Acceptable living donors are between 18 and 50 years of age and have blood and tissue types compatible with the recipient. Determining donor and recipient blood and tissue type is part of the pretransplant evaluation.
If a potential donor's blood type does not match the recipient's blood type, donation / transplantation may still be possible, for example, through a paired donation program.
Most often the living donor is a close relative of the recipient, such as a parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or grandparent. Sometimes, though, living unrelated donors with other ties to the recipient, such as an adoptive parent, step-parent or a family friend, could be matching donors.