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Advantages of Living Donations 

 

Benefits to a patient who receives a kidney from a living donor include:

  • A higher rate of successful outcomes

  • A better genetic match, which lessens the risk of rejection

  • Immediate transplantation directly from the donor to the recipient at Baystate Medical Center, so the kidney usually begins working immediately.

  • Convenient surgical schedules for both doctor and the recipient.   With a kidney from a deceased donor, recipients are called to come in as soon as possible once a suitable kidney becomes available.