"We are born with approximately 4-5 times the kidney function that we need, to be
    healthy and stay off  of dialyisis-  to not have kidney failure.  So by donating one of your
    kidneys,  you are still left with with 2-3 times the amount of kidney function that you
    need to be healthy and lead a normal life"
    - Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo. Assistant Professor of Urology, Director, Laproscopic Surgery, New
    York -Presbytarian Hospital  - Weill Corneil Medical  Center, New York, NY.   
    Source of quote:  Video produced by Dramatic Health

"High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity are the factors that account for most kidney failure."
                             - Dr. Jon Bromberg, Surgical Chief of the Transplantation Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
                                        Source of quote:  "The Fight for Kidney Health" NY Daily News, February 11, 2009.  For article, click here.


                                                                               
WELCOME!
         To those considering kidney donation, you have come to the right page!  
            See also the Websites-Kidney Donors tab for articles , video and websites on kidney donation.


  Why living kidney donation?
  • Over 26 mllion people in American suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Over 90,000 people are on a list waiting for a life-saving kidney
  • An average of 6,000 people die each year waiting for a kidney.
  • Due to the lack of kidneys, the average wait for a cadaver kidney is between five and 8
    years.  80% of those who are on dialysis don't survive more than 10 years on dialysis. And
    many others develop other health problems while on dialysis and become ineligible for a
    kidney transplant, years after being on dialysis.
  • A kidney from a living donor can last many years longer than a kidney from a deceased
    person.  


    What is dialysis?  Dialysis is a treatment for people in the later stage of chronic kidney disease (kidney failure). This treatment
    cleans the blood and removes wastes and excess water from the body. Normally, this work is done by healthy kidneys.  There
    are 2 types of dialysis.  One type is done at home and the other is done at a dialysis center.  Most go to a dialysis center for
    treatment hooked up to a machine, 3 days a week for at least 3 hours at a time.  The longer a person is on dialysis, the more
    likely other health issues will develop. A person can only live a certain amount of years on dialysis. Dialysis is only a temporary
    treatment until a person can receive a kidney.   For more information about dialysis, click on "When is dialysis needed?" -
    National Kidney Foundation.  Website: - www.kidney.org



    For a brief but somewhat informative article  about kidney disease, signs and symptoms,
    prevention, statistics, etc. click here.  This is an article that appeared in the New York Daily News.  This
    is an interview with Dr. Jon Bromberg, Surgical Chief, Transplantation Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, New
    York, NY.  (This is article is not on the New York Daily News website)



    Personal note:  

    Thanks for clicking on the "Donate-A-Kidney" section.  Hope you will consider becoming a
    kidney donor!

    There is a great shortage of kidneys.  People are dying every day because they are not able
    to find anyone to donate a kidney to them.  And there is a long waiting list for a kidney from
    a cadaver.  Your considering donating a kidney is greatly appreciated.

    I am in touch with many people who have already donated a kidney.  All are doing great,
    some of us wish we can do it again, including myself!  I can put you in touch with some of the
    others who are happy to share their great kidney donation experience.  Please see quotes by
    some kidney donors on the left side of the page.

    Most of the kidney donation surgery is done laproscopically, the less invasive way.  Hospital stay
    is usually about 2 days for that procedure.

    When I came home from the hospital, it was business as usual,  I did everything as I did before.  
    People are generally not bed ridden.  I myself didn't do any resting.  Everyone recuperates
    differently.  Most people do take off at least 10 days from work.  There are organizations that can
    possibly compensate for lost wages.  And, depending on the state, you may be able to deduct
    from your taxes for lost wages due to organ donation.  One thing to note:  One cannot be paid for
    organ donation. This is not legal.  One has to donate a kidney altruistically - with no ulterior
    motives.

    Once a person donates a kidney, there is no special diet that one has to be on.  No
    medications to take.  Life is exactly the same with one kidney as with two.

    However, once a person donates a kidney, one should avoid Advil or any kind of ibuprofen.  
    Also best to drink 8 cups of water a day.  (This is something that most people should be doing
    regardless of kidney donation or not.  As for drinking water is very beneficial for many health
    reasons, including to possibly prevent kidney stones.)

    If you are seriously considering donating a kidney - be aware, there will always be people
    who will to try to talk you out of it.  You will find if you talk to others about your considering
    donating a kidney - people may tell you that you are "crazy" for wanting to donate a kidney.  Most
    of us who have donated a kidney have gone through this.  Most of the public is not educated
    about kidney donation.  People don't realize one can live just as well with one kidney as with two.  
    (Please see quotes on the left hand side of this page by professionals in the kidney transplant
    field about this.)   Before my brother donated a kidney, he got negative feedback from someone
    he knows who thought my brother was crazy for wanting to donate a kidney.  This person admitted
    that he didn't know about kidney donation.  My brother started to have some doubts.  But I told my
    brother, don't listen to people who don't know anything about kidney donation.  Only speak to
    people who have done it or professionals in the field.  So, in the end, my brother ended up
    donating a kidney and was so happy he did!  How well did he do?  That same day that he donated
    a kidney - he had almost no pain and was walking around the hospital like nothing happened!  

    Kidney donation is considered a lower risk surgery.  Before donating a kidney though,
    people are tested to make sure they are 100% healthy enough to donate a kidney.  One is
    given many medical tests, to make sure of this.   There are tests that are given to the potential
    kidney donor. that they may not otherwise take in their lifetime.  There are people who thought
    they were healthy enough to donate a kidney - but through this extensive medical testing - have
    found out they had health issues that they didn't know about and would have possibly otherwise
    not discovered. So, some of these people who were turned down for kidney donation, their own life
    has been saved through the process of wanting to save another person's life!


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    I am always happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have!  Please feel
    free to contact me.  Please click on the "Contact Us" page or e-mail me at KidneyMitzvah@aol.
    com.  I can also put you in contact with kidney transplant centers in your area to answer your
    questions and concerns as well. Or, you can feel free to contact them as well on your own.

    Please check out all the great websites regarding kidney donation, great articles about
    kidney donors,  and video as well  - on the lower left side of this page, or on the  "Websites-
    Kidney Donors" page, where you have more information on all those listed.

    Thank you for your time in visiting my website!  
                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                         Sincerest best wishes,

                                                                                                         Chaya Lipschutz
                                                                                                         Kidney Donor & Kidney Matchmaker

    P.S.  To View My You Tube video on kidney donation - click here.



      If you are considering donating a kidney -

  • Are you in good health?  No cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, recent kidney stones
    and have a BMI (Body Mass Index)  under 30?  Please note:  Someone with a BMI of 30 and
    over is considered obese, and some hospitals may consider someone with a BMI up to 35.  
    However.... Why shouldn't a person obese donate a kidney?  Click here on this article:  
    "Obesity Is A Risk Factor For Living Kidney Donors."

  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 70?  (Note some hospitals may not take a donor under 21
    years old or a donor over 65 years old. There was a hospital that recently accepted a kidney from a
    76 year old!  It was a husband who donated a kidney to his wife!  But most people that age are not
    eligible for health issues. And mostly all hospitals would not accept a donor that age)

  • If you would like to be matched up with someone in need of a kidney, I  can do that as well.  
    I have a list of many people who are in desperate need of a kidney.  I have made several matches.  I
    will be happy to answer any questions, no obligation.   Please click on the the "Contact Us" tab or e-
    mail me at KidneyMitzvah@aol.com


          FOR THE  "LIVING KIDNEY DONATION  PATIENT EDUCATION HANDBOOK'' click here

    To download free, book, "My Experience Of Being A Kidney Donor"  click here



    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON KIDNEY DONATION:

  • The safety of the donor is of utmost importance.  The donor will be evaluated by the kidney
    transplant team of a hospital  of the person they would consider donating a kidney to, to confirm
    suitability and safety for donation surgery.

  • Living donors live as long as or longer than people who don’t donate, probably because
    they are screened so thoroughly and not allowed to donate unless they are in perfect
    health.

  • In the long term, there are no problems associated with having only one healthy kidney.  
    There are no special precautions needed for child bearing, and special diets are not
    required for those with a single healthy kidney.

  • Donor does not pay any medical expenses.  All medical costs are covered by recipients
    insurance. There are also organizations that will pay for airfare to transplant hospital to be tested, if
    necessary.  Hospital transplant centers have this info   And for lodging - there are organizations and
    or hospitals that provide low-cost housing, close to the vicinity of a hospital for yourself, before and
    after kidney donation and for family members as well.  You are not responsible to pay for this and
    you can speak to a kidney transplant coordinator or the person whom you would consider donating a
    kidney to, to cover this expense

  • If you are a Federal employee, you may be allowed up to 30 days off from your job, with
    pay for organ donation.  For more information, click here.    Also, depending on the state you live
    in, one may be able to deduct from their taxes up to $10,000 for lost wages or travel expenses due
    to organ donation.


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    Do you know????

  • One in about 750 people are born with only one kidney!  So people who are not educated
    about kidney donation may say to someone who wants to donate a kidney that they crazy for wanting
    to donate a kidney, may falsely tell you that you need that other kidney,  when they themselves may
    be walking around with just one kidney and not know it!  Check out the article,  "Living With One
    Kidney" on the National Kidney Foundation website - www.kidney.org.

  • Most people on dialysis have 2 kidneys - when one kidney goes, the other goes at the same
    time.  In other words, kidney disease affects both kidneys at the same time.


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    Don't know your blood type?
    Before  you can test for anyone who needs a kidney, you would need to find out what your blood type
    is. One of the things you can do to  find out what your blood type is, is go to donate blood  and tell
    them to  let  you know what your blood type is -  or, you can go to your doctor to  have a special
    blood test  taken to find out what your blood type is.  If you are going to do  this at a doctor's office,
    ask your doctor to put on the request form for  the lab, "If A blood type, please  subtype", because in
    most cases people who are A blood type can only donate to an A or an AB blood  type person in
    need of a kidney. But if your subtype is A2  you might be able to donate a  kidney to someone who is
    B or O as well. If you are an A2B you may be able to donate to a B as well as an AB blood type. This
    A2 subtype is rare but it can happen.  If you are subtype A1, you can only donate a kidney to
    someone who is blood type A.   There is an alternative treatment to make blood-types that are
    different, compatible, such as plasmapherisis, a treatment that would be done on the person in need
    of a kidney. But this isn't always the best alternative for the person in need of a kidney.

    Thank you, Pat McDonough, RN,  Kidney Transplant Coordinator,(& kidney donor!),  Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY for
    the above info.


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    General Information on Living Donation
    (Please note:  Below is information provided by a particular hospital in New York.  Other hospitals may have
    different criteria regarding kidney donation.)


    What is living donation?
    Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ (or part of an organ) for
    transplantation to another person. The living donor can be a family member, such as a parent, child,
    brother or sister (living related donation). Living donation can also come from someone who is
    emotionally related to the recipient, such as a good friend, spouse or an in-law (living unrelated
    donation). In some cases, living donation may even be from a stranger, which is called non-directed
    donation.

    How can I live with one kidney?
    People usually have two kidneys, but one is all that is needed to live a normal life and have a normal
    life span.  One in every 750 people is born with one kidney and don’t even know it…..Why?….Because
    they are living completely normal lives.

    What are the advantages of living donation over non-living donation?
    Transplants performed from living donors have several advantages compared to transplants
    performed from non-living donors (individuals who have been declared brain dead and their families
    have made the decision to donate their organs). Some living donor transplants are done between
    family members who are genetically similar. A better genetic match lessens the risk of rejection. A
    kidney from a living donor usually functions immediately, making it easier to monitor. Some living donor
    kidneys do not function immediately, and as a result, the patient may require dialysis until the kidney
    starts to function. (usually two or three treatments) Are transplants from living donors always
    successful? (95% of living donor kidneys are still working at one year) Although transplantation is
    highly successful, and success rates continue to improve, problems may occur. Sometimes, the kidney
    is lost to rejection, surgical complications or the original disease that caused the recipient’s kidney to
    fail.

    How can I be a living kidney donor?
    To donate a kidney, you must be in good health and have normal kidney function and anatomy. The
    prospective donor and recipient must have compatible blood types. If the donor meets the criteria for
    donation, additional testing will be required to check for further compatibility (cross matching and tissue
    typing) as well as physical examinations and psychological evaluation. More information on testing and
    surgery procedures can be found below. The donor should make the decision voluntarily and free from
    internal or family pressure. Federal law bans the sale of organs. The decision to donate needs to be
    made with all the information necessary to make an informed, educated choice. Immunosuppressive
    medications, which keep the recipient's body from rejecting the donor kidney, have improved greatly
    over the last few years. Now, a genetic link between the donor and recipient does not appear to be
    necessary to ensure a successful transplant. Before surgery, the donor will receive education and
    counseling to help prepare mentally and emotionally for the donation and recovery. If the donor has
    questions, the transplant team can help. The decision to donate will affect all members of the person’s
    family and should not be taken lightly. It is quite normal for a donor and the donor’s family to have
    fears and concerns about potential complications. This might be felt by some as reluctance to donate;
    yet it is natural reaction to a major surgery. Potential donors should speak openly with the transplant
    team about these fears. All conversations between the living donor and the transplant team and the
    results of medical testing will be kept confidential.

    Who pays for living donation?
    The cost of the living donor’s evaluation, testing and surgery are generally paid for by the recipient’s
    Medicare or private health insurance, if the donation is to a family member or friend. Donors should
    always coordinate their tests with the transplant coordinator at the hospital in case there are any
    exceptions. Time off from work and travel expenses are not covered by Medicare or private insurance.
    General Health Maintenance screening such as Pap Smear, Mammogram and Colonoscopy will be
    billed to the donors insurance if they have any. However, donors may be eligible for Act sick leave,
    state disability and the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA). Some follow-up expenses may also not be
    covered, so it’s important to discuss these matters with the transplant center.

    What tests are used to determine if someone can be a kidney donor?
    First you will be tested to see if you match your recipient. (Blood Type, HLA Antigens and crossmatch.)
    If you are compatible (a match) with your recipient you will begin a medical work up. Potential donors
    will have blood, urine and X-Ray tests to determine suitability for donation. A full physical examination
    will be done, and psychology evaluation may also be required. Time will be allotted for asking
    questions and addressing any concerns the donor may have. Before surgery, special x-rays will be
    taken of the donor’s kidneys, including a spiral CT scan to check the anatomy of the kidney.


    Who pays for the costs?
    Financial consultation will be used to determine financial and insurance coverage for the testing
    process and the donation itself. Generally, if the donation is to a family member or friend, the recipient’
    s insurance will pay for testing and surgery expenses. However, until recently the donor was
    responsible for travel expenses (if the donor and recipient live in different towns/states) and follow-up
    care, in addition to lost wages.  The Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act was signed into
    law which contained $5 million for reimbursing living organ donors for travel and subsistence expenses,
    be sure to ask the financial counselor and/or social worker at the transplant center for assistance with
    these issues. It is illegal to buy or sell organs in the United States.


    Laboratory Tests:
                A blood sample is taken to:  
  • Assess the hematological system  
  • Assess clotting mechanism
  • Assess baseline kidney function
  • Screen for abnormal electrolyte balance
  • Screen for unsuspected tendency toward glucose intolerance
  • Screen for venereal disease
  • Screen for pancreatis
  • Screen for liver abnormalities, which might delay the transplant until the cause is found (fluid overload,
    acute or chronic hepatitis)
  • Determine whether or not the patient has Hepatitis B
  • If HbsAB is positive (and the HbsAg is negative), the patient has developed antibodies to Hepatitis B
    either through vaccination or exposure
  • Look for past or present viral activity
  • If the donor is CMV positive, the recipient is CMV negative the recipient will need to receive
    Gancyclovir post transplant to prevent activation of the disease
  • Screen for the HIV virus.

    Other Tests and Appointments
  • An EKG will be performed to assess heart function. Some donors may need an echocardiogram and a
    stress test.
  • A chest x-ray will be used to assess the lungs for the presence of any abnormalities.
  • A medical history review and physical examination will be done by the Transplant Surgeon, a
    Nephrologist, and the Donor Surgeon
  • An extensive review of all systems, including previous illnesses and surgeries and past family medical
    history. Any abnormalities found are investigated further before invasive tests are performed.
    motivation. If the potential donor does not want to donate, the transplant team can help the donor
    decline in a way that preserves the family relationships., and evaluate if there is family pressure or
    financial incentive to donate, Female donor candidates will undergo a gynecological exam and
    mammography.

    Kidney Function Tests
    Urine samples are taken to:
  • Screen for kidney disease or any abnormalities
  • Determine the absence or presence of a urinary tract infection
  • Assess the amount of protein excreted in a 24-hour period. An increased secretion of protein would
    need to be evaluated before resuming the evaluation; the creatinine clearance is to determine
    adequate kidney function and to ensure that the 24 hour collection is an adequate one.
  • A Radioneuclotide Renal Scan is done to assess the function of your kidneys. To measure how  they
    pick up and  excrete the radio-tracer.
  • A Helical CT Scan which is used to evaluate the internal structure of the kidney, the vascular anatomy
    and look for the presence of cysts, tumors, etc.
  • When the tests are completed, the results are presented to the transplant team (Surgeons, Transplant
    Coordinators, Social Workers, Financial Counselors, etc.) to determine if the person is a suitable
    candidate for donation. The length of the testing process depends upon the availability of the donor
    for testing, the results of the completed tests, and the availability of the donor to have surgery.

    Can I get tested as a donor without the recipient knowing?
    No. The recipient must accept a living donor.

    I want to be a donor to a friend or family member, but they won’t let me. What can I do?
    Some individuals with kidney failure may decide they do not want the transplant or choose not to
    consider a living donor. The person with kidney failure can choose to accept or reject your offer to
    donate. He or she has the right to decide against a transplant (though you may feel it would help). The
    patient, who must live with the disease, has the right to decide what is to be done. That decision, as
    well as yours, must be respected.

    What are the different types of surgery? How do I prepare for surgery? What are the risks?
    Once all the testing has been successfully completed, the operation is scheduled. A general anesthetic
    is administered in the operating room. Generally, the donor and the recipient are in adjacent operating
    rooms. The kidney is carefully removed and transplanted into the recipient. Immediately, the donor’s
    single kidney should take over the work previously done by the recipient’s two kidneys. Typically, the
    surgery takes 3 hours with time in the recovery room recovery afterward for obseration. A kidney can
    be removed in either of two ways, the traditional open surgery or the laparoscopic technique. Your
    transplant team can provide you with information about the different types of surgery. Some donors
    may not be able to have laparoscopic surgery because of previous surgeries or anatomical variations.
    These variations are generally detected during the testing process, in which the potential donor would
    be notified that they would not be a candidate for laparoscopic donation. Some scheduled
    laparoscopic donations must be converted to the open technique during the surgery process.

    What is the risk of surgery?
    The surgery involves the same level of risk for the donor as any other major surgery. The major risks
    of surgery relate to anesthesia, blood loss, and the potential for injury to the kidney or other organs
    during the operation. Another difference in living donation is that the surgery is done for the recipient’s
    benefit and not for any medical need of the donor. This is the reason that the donor must have a
    complete medical evaluation. The majority of complications following surgery are minor and may cause
    a longer hospitalization. Long-term complications are rare. The risks associated with surgery and
    donation are that 3 in 10,000 people can die having donor surgery.  For some more information on
    risks - click on: - "Q&A on Living Donation" - from the National Kidney Foundation website.

    What is the recovery period and when can the donor return to normal activities?
    The length of stay in the hospital will vary depending on the individual donor’s rate of recovery and the
    type of procedure performed (traditional vs laparoscopic kidney removal) although the usual stay is 2
    to 3 days for either procedure. Although the rate of recovery varies greatly among individuals, in
    general patients are ready to return to work 3 to 6 weeks after an open nephrectomy and 10 days to
    two weeks after a laparoscopic kidney removal. Patients who need to lift weights in excess of 50lbs will
    need to wait 12 weeks (open procedure) or 3-4 weeks (laparoscopic procedure) before returning to
    manual labor activities. After leaving the hospital, the donor will typically feel tenderness, itching and
    some pain and numbness as the incision continues to heal. Generally, heavy lifting is not
    recommended for about six weeks following surgery. It is also recommended that donors avoid contact
    sports where the remaining kidney could be injured. It is important for the donor to speak with the
    transplant staff about the best ways to return as quickly as possible to being physically fit.

    How does living donation affect the donor?
    People can live normal lives with only one kidney. As long as the donor is evaluated thoroughly and
    cleared for donation, he or she can lead a normal life after the surgery. When the kidney is removed,
    the single normal kidney will increase in size to compensate for the loss of the donated kidney. The
    American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians and the Medical Society of
    Sports Medicine have suggested that people with one kidney avoid sports that involve higher risks of
    heavy contact or collision. This includes, but is not limited to, boxing, field hockey, football, ice hockey,
    Lacrosse, martial arts, rodeo, soccer and wrestling. This may also include extreme activities such as
    skydiving. Anyone with a single kidney who decides to participate in these sports should be extra
    careful and wear protective padding. He or she should understand that the consequences of losing a
    single kidney are very serious. Donors are encouraged to have yearly medical follow-up with their
    primary care doctors. A urinalysis (urine test) and blood pressure check should be done every year,
    and kidney function should be checked every few years, or more often if an abnormal urinalysis or
    blood pressure is found. Living donation does not change life expectancy, and does not appear to
    increase the risk of kidney failure. In general, most people with a single normal kidney have few or no
    problems; however, you should always talk to your transplant team about the risks involved in
    donation. Pregnancy after donation is possible but is usually not recommended for at least six months
    after the surgery. Living donors should talk to their physician about pregnancy and have good pre-
    natal care. Some branches of military service, police and fire departments will not accept individuals
    with only one kidney (see http://usmilitary.about.com/library/weekly/aa082701e.htm for general
    information about Military Enlistment Standards). In addition, if you are already in military service,
    certain new service career options may not be available to you. If you are currently in one of these
    fields, or if your future plans include these career choices, you should check to see if living donation
    would affect your eligibility for that particular field.

    Are there any dietary restrictions prior to, or after donation?
    If the donor is overweight, he/she may need to lose weight before the transplant Eat a healthy low fat
    diet. Avoid these low carb high protein diets because they can affect your kidneys (even if you had
    two). But those are more general health issues, and not related to living donation per se.

    Can smokers be living donors?
    Smoking is considered a risk to the potential donor. Because smoking damages the lungs, it may put
    the donor at a higher risk of developing pneumonia after surgery. In general it is best for one to stop
    smoking for good, but if you can’t, stop at least two weeks before surgery. Some smokers may need to
    see a pulmonary specialist before donating.

    Will I be able to obtain insurance coverage after donation?
    If your health remains stable, you shouldn’t have problems in obtaining health or life insurance.
    However, there have been some instances (rare) in which living donors had difficulty changing
    insurance carriers after the donation, due to higher premiums or a pre-existing waiting period. Talk to
    the financial counselor and social worker to find out if donation will affect your health or life insurance
    coverage.

    What is a Donor Advocate?
    A donor advocate is a medical professional, usually a doctor, whose sole focus in the donor evaluation
    is to protect the best interests of the donor. Physicians involved with the care of potential recipients
    are, and ought to be, primarily concerned with the recipient's interests. Two separate physicians, one
    for the donor and not involved in the candidate or recipient's care can be a way to eliminate any
    conflict of interest between the potential donor and candidate's needs. Ideally, the donor advocate is in
    a position to veto the transplant if they feel it would cause unacceptable risk to the donor. You will be
    seen by a Nephrologist and a Surgeon who are not involved with the care of the recipient they will act
    as a donor advocate for you at the hospital.

    What if I decide against being a living donor?
    The decision to become a living donor must be made voluntarily and free from pressure. Individuals
    have the right to decide that kidney donation is not for them. Likewise, some individuals with kidney
    failure may decide they do not want a transplant or choose not to consider a living donor. The decision
    of the potential donor and recipient must be respected. Living donors may change their minds at any
    time during the evaluation process without fear of embarrassment or repercussions: There may be
    instances in which the potential donor seeks the support of the transplant team to decline donation.
    For example, if the potential donor anticipates being ostracized from the family by saying “no” to the
    recipient, the transplant team could assist the potential donor in developing an appropriate medical
    disclaimer, enabling the potential donor to decline gracefully... — The Authors for the Live Organ
    Donor Consensus Group,” Consensus Statement on the Live Organ Donor”, JAMA, December 13,
    2000— Vol 284, No. 22 (Reprinted)Again, it is normal for donors and their families to have fears and
    concerns about potential complications. This is a natural reaction to having major surgery. Speak
    openly with the transplant team about your fears. All conversations and results of medical testing will
    be kept confidential.

    What if I donate and need a kidney later?
    Anyone can get a kidney disease in his or her future. Kidney disease is a bilateral disease that would
    harm both your kidneys. If you get a kidney disease, whether you have one two or ten kidneys, your
    kidneys would fail. Kidney disease hurts kidneys. There are two situations where having one kidney
    makes a difference:
    1) If you have an accident and damager your remaining kidney, you don’t have a spare. You would
    have to go on dialysis or have a transplant.
    2) If you get a kidney cancer and they need to remove your kidney to save your life, you don’t have a
    spare. You would need to go on dialysis or have a transplant There have been some cases in which
    living donors needed a kidney later– not necessarily due to the donation itself.  As of 1996, UNOS*
    policy gives extra points on the waiting list to living donors to move them up to the top

    What else do I need to know?
    If you are considering becoming a living donor, you should get as much information as you can before
    making a final decision. You can also get additional information by contacting the National Kidney
    Foundation at livingdonors@kidney.org or by phone at 1-800-622-9010

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    Common questions that have been asked:

    1. If I am registered with the Bone Marrow registry, can that information be used for kidney
    donation? No, The testing for kidney donation is totally different.  The blood of the donor and the recipient  
    in kidney donation have to be mixed together to see if it is compatible.  And  with bone marrow, it is a better
    match if the donor and recipient have similar backgrounds.  This is not so with kidney donation.

    2. Can a man only donate a kidney to a man and a woman only to a woman
    No, A man can donate to a woman and visa versa

    3. If I am on medication - will I be able to donate a kidney?  
    It depends what you are on medication for.   Someone who is taking medication to lower their blood
    pressure, for example, cannot. donate a kidney, even though their blood pressure is normal, which would  
    most likely as a result of the medication they are taking to lower their blood pressure.

    4.  I have kids and concerned about donating a kidney.   What if one of my kids will need a kidney?
    I have been asked this question by people in the past.  If no one in your family currently has diabetes, high
    blood pressure and a history of kidney disease, I wouldn't let this be of great concern.  I believe if you do a
    good deed, that good deed will be returned to you, one day.  Perhaps, if one donates a kidney, G-d in return
    will make sure that no one in that family will never need one.  I can't guarantee this, or be held responsible,
    but I am a religious person and this is my viewpoint.  I know several people with very large families - who have
    donated kidneys to strangers.  People feel when someone out there is in great need and the need is now, to
    act now.  We have no guaranty we will be alive when there is a need in the family. Also, many people do
    develop health issues as they get older, which can make them ineligible for kidney donation.  And, even if a
    family member would ever need a kidney - there is a possibility you may not be a blood or tissue match.  I
    know a woman with 9 children who needed a kidney - all her 9 children were A blood type and she was O
    blood type and none of her children were able to donate a kidney to her because an O blood type person
    can only receive a kidney from someone O blood type. Also, I know of someone who wanted donate a kidney
    to her son, She was O blood type - a universal donor and her son was A.  So even though she is a universal
    blood type, she was tested and was not a match,and therefore couldn't donate a kidney to her son.  If you
    donate a kidney and G-d forbid will later on ever have a family member in need of a kidney, I will put that
    person in need of a kidney before everyone else on my list who is in need of a kidney and will not rest until I
    find a kidney donor for that person!

    5.  Does donating a kidney have any impact on my being able to have more children in the future?
    No,   Many people who have successfully donated a kidney have had children after kidney donation.
SaveALife-DonateAKidney.com     KidneyMitzvah.com      KidneyMatchmaker.com      KidneyHero.com     KidneyShadchan.com
Left to right:  Lori Palatnik, kidney
donor, with a friend.  (Lori's kidney
recipient does not want any
publicity, so no photos of the 2 of
them are shown)

You can read Lori's story on her
kidney donation, here:
A Kidney to
Give"  This is one of the kidney
matches Chaya made
Left to Right:  Kidney donors -
David Koster -
donated kidney to stranger
Mordy Husarsky
donated kidney to father-in-law
Chaya Lipschutz-
donated kidney to stranger
Nancy Barker-
donated kidney to co-worker

Photo taken at Organ Donation
Seminar, in New Jersey, July 5, 2006
Right to left:  Chaya's brother Yosef
who also donated a kidney with his
kidney recipient, a stranger.  This
was Chaya's first kidney match!

Photo was taken at their pre-op
testing at SUNY/Downstate Medical
Center, Brooklyn, NY, March 2007.
Quotes from people who have    
donated a kidney:











"Donating a kidney to a woman I had
never met was the greatest
experience of my life.  To give for
the pure sake of giving brings the
deepest joy imaginable.  I am
profoundly grateful for the
opportunity that changed my life in
every way"
  - Lori Palatnik,  donated a
kidney to a stranger.  Chaya had made her
kidney match.

"It was the best thing I ever did with
my life," she said. "I wish I had more;
I would do it again."
 -  April Capone,
former Mayor of East Haven, CT

"There is no greater feeling than
knowing you brought life to another
human being. It has truly been an
amazing experience that ranks right
up there with the birth of my 9
children. If I could, I would do it again
tomorrow."
- Rabbi Ephraim Simon,
donated kidney to a stranger.  Chaya had
made his kidney match.

I think this is the right thing to do.  I
don’t think anyone should fear it .
They wouldn’t allow you to do this if
you weren’t healthy enough’  
  - Larry
Seidman, donated a kidney to a stranger

"Giving a kidney was one of the
highlights of my life.  I learned so
much about myself in such a short
time.  Rarely do we see the fruit of
our labor so quickly, yet I helped
save another persons life and
improved the quality of their life
immediately
 - Rabbi Steve Moskowitz,
donated a kidney to a stranger

"The reason why G-d gave me two
kidneys, was so that I could donate
one”
- Mordy Husarsky, donated a kidney
to his father-in-law.

"Having had the good fortune of
being able to donate a kidney has
been the most amazing experience
in my life, second only to the birth of
my three wonderful sons."
- Tirtza
Rosenthal, donated a kidney to a stranger

"Donating a kidney was the greatest
experience of my life!  If i can do it
again,   I would do it again
tommorrow"
- Chaya Lipschutz,  donated
a kidney to a stranger

"As a result of my kidney donation, I
feel richer than Donald Trump and
Donald Trump  combined!
" - David
Koster, donated a kidney to a stranger.



Quotes from Kidney Transplant
Professionals on kidney
donation:

"Kidney donation is a relatively easy
operation, and many donors will never
feel the loss of their second kidney.  It's
the most expendable of organs,  So
giving up a kidney causes no
disadvantage to your long-term health.
In fact, studies have shown, that kidney
donors actually live longer than the
general population - because donors
come from a pool of people in good
health"
- Dr. Michael Edye, Adjunct
associate professor of surgery, Mount
Sinai hospital, New York, NY.  Source of
quote:
 www.nydailynews.com

"Just think people have no problem
having only one kidney, so we have
to ask, why did G-d give us two
kidneys?  Perhaps it is so you would
have an extra one to donate and
save a life!
" - Dr. Stuart Greenstein,
Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Professor of
Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center,
Bronx, NY      Source of quote:  
 www.
ourjerusalem.com

"We are born with approximately 4-5
times the kidney function that we
need, to be healthy and stay off  of
dialysis -  to not have kidney failure   
So by donating one of your kidneys,  
you are still left with with 2-3 times
the amount of kidney function that
you need to be healthy and lead a
normal life. "
- Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo.
Assistant Professor of Urology, Director,
Laproscopic Surgery, New York -
Presbytarian Hospital  - Weill Corneil
Medical Center, New York, NY     Source
of quote:
 Video produced by Dramatic
Health

"There's a lot of misconceptions
about kidney donation and a lot of
fear. But if people take the time to
get the facts, they find out the risks
are very minimal. People are born
with two kidneys. You only need
one."  
   - Michelle Winsor,  Kidney
Transplant Coordinator, Sharp Memorial
Hospital, San Diego, CA

"
Very Safe Operation"
- Dr. Jay Levine, General Surgeon, St. Mary's
Health Care, West Michigan, MI
Interview with Kidney Donors
and Kidney Transplant Surgeon
              
on
NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind's
Weekly Radio Show - WMCA, NY
       April 7, 2007

Interviewed on this program were
kidney donors, Mordy Husarsky,  Chaya
Lipschutz and kidney transplant
surgeon Dr. Stuart Greenstein of
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.
See article "Brother and Sister
Donate Kidneys To Save Lives" -   
Chaya Lipschutz and her brother
who both donated their kidney to
strangers.  June 20, 2007 - The
Jewish Press.   Website
:
www.jewishpress.com
"Donating a kidney was the
easiest thing that I ever had to do!  
People always ask me why I
donated my kidney - and I always
respond with, why wouldn’t I
donate a kidney?  I had 41
surgeries in my life and the kidney
donation was the easiest surgery
of them all"
- John Feal, 9/11
responder, donated a kidney through a 6
way kidney swap
Right to left. John Feal with the person, a
stranger he donated a kidney to, which
was part of a 6 way kidney swap.

Photo taken after his kidney donation at
Columbia Presbytarian Hospital, New
York, NY, August, 2007.  You can read
John's story on his website:
Fealgoodfoundation.com
            - Great Articles -
"Kidney Donors Have A Normal
Life Span, Study Finds"
    Click here for this article

"One Kidney Is More Than Enough-
Living Kidney Donors, Survive, Thrive
and Rarely Suffer from Kidney Problems"
 Click here for this article
Articles written by or about
kidney donors:
 

1.  76 year old man donates a kidney!
2. "Here's Looking At You Kidney"
3.   "90 Year Old Woman Possibly
Singapore's Longest And Oldest
Surviving Kidney Donor"
4.  "Local Rabbi Donates Kidney To A
Stranger"
5.  "Penn Hills Woman Donates Kidney
To  Brooklyn Stranger
6. " Bostonians Helped By Kidney
Matchmaker"
8.   "The New Organ Donors Are Living
Strangers"  
9.   
"Kidney Donation to Hubby Ends
Divorce Plans"  
10.  
"It's A Go - Soldier Can Donate
Kidney To Mom"
11.  "Woman Saw Appeal On Flyer And
Decided To Donate An Organ"
12.  "Kidney Turns Strangers Into Family"
13.  "Would You Give Your Kidney to a
Stranger?"
14.  "Principal To Donate A Kidney To
Student"
15. "An Angel from Alabama"
16. "Brother and Sister Donate Kidneys
To Save Lives"
17. "Woman Saw Appeal On Flyer And
Decided To Donate An Organ"
18. "Women Gets Ring - and Kidney -
from Fiance"
19. "Starbucks Barista Donates One of
her Spares to Good Customer in Need" -
20.  
"Kidney Donor Speaks Out"
21.  "A Kidney To Give"  
22.  
"The Facts of Kidney Transplant"
23.  "The Gift of Life"
24. "KidneyMitzvah"
25. "The Life Saver"
27.  "A Gift of Life:  19 Year Old Gives
Friend a Kidney"
28. "NYC Performs Chain of Transplant
Operations"
29.  "Ground Zero Worker In Rare Kidney
Swap Set To Exit Hospital"
30.  "After Transplant, Athlete's Kidneys
Comptete Separately in Trialthon"
31. " Arrivals:  Ruth Shlossman:  From
New Jersey to Jerusalem"
32. "Kidney Exchange Builds Chain Of
Life"
Nancy Murrel, afer her kidney donation!  
Nancy donated a kidney to Anthony
Cottman, a stranger!    Chaya made her
kidney match!
 (Below is a picture of her
and her kidney recipient.)

Photo taken at Mt. Sinai Medical Center,
NYC, June 25, 2009.  Check out Nancy's
website,  
Kidney Mama.com - A  Resource for
Living Kidney Donors."
Right to left:  Nancy with her recipient,
Anthony Cottman.  Picture taken  a day
before his kidney transplant.  
Yes, how
happy he was knowing he will not have to
be on dialysis anymore, thanks to Nancy!

Check out Anthony's website at
Kidney
Transplantation Nation.com
Ruth Schlossman, kidney donor.
Chaya had made her kidney match.
 Ruth.had contacted Chaya after
hearing about Lori Palatnik's  
kidney match that Chaya had
made. To read Ruth's story,  click
on:
 "Arrivals:  Ruth Shlossman:  
From New Jersey to Jerusalem"
Rabbi Ephraim Simon, N.J. kidney donor
and father of 9, donated kidney to
stranger, father of 10.  To read his story
,
click here.
(To hear a recent radio
interview, see below
.)

Pictured is Rabbi Simon,  wife & kids.  
Chaya made this kidney match.
Rabbi Ephraim Simon
father of 9, who donated a kidney to a
stranger
talking about his kidney donation
on
Zev Brenner Show-Talkline
Communications
September 7, 2009
"What Prospecitve Donors
Need To Know"
Click her for this article
Mother donated a kidney to her son 35
years ago!

From the article,  "90-Yr-Old Woman
Possibly Singapore's Longest & Oldest
Surviving Kidney Donor"  
To read her
story,
click here.
                     *** Check out these 3 AWESOME must see videos! ***

1.   GREAT INFORMATION ON KIDNEY DONATION! - click here to watch this great video!
2.   
TRANSPLANT MD:  KIDNEY DONORS ARE AWE-INSPIRING" - click here to watch this great video!
3.   VETERAN AND DONOR:  I DON'T SEE MYSELF AS A HERO" - click here to watch this great video!
Debbie Dunn of Utah, walked into the
University of Utah Medical Center,
offering to donate a kidney to anyone
whom the hospital matched her up with!  

Before then, Chaya had matched her up
with 2 people, but she wasn't a match for
either.  

Photo taken at hospital where Debbie
donated a kidney. Left to right:  Debbie's
father, her recipient's husband, Debbie,
her recipient, and her mother.
Jordan Brough, of Washington DC,
decided to donate a kidney after
hearing Chaya speak on "This
American Life" on NPR.  He walked
into a hospital to donate a kidney
and his kidney donated started a
chain in which 7 people donated a
kidney!

To read his story, click here
* GREAT kidney donors
interview - video:
 
"Give A Kidney -  One's
Enough"
For the video, click here