Types of Living Donations
There are a number of types of living donations, including:
- Related: donors are blood relatives of the recipient including brothers, sisters, parents, children (over 18 years of age), aunts, uncles, cousins, half brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
- Non-Related: donors are emotionally close to the recipient, but not related by blood, including spouses, in-laws, close friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
- Non-Directed: donors are not related to or known by the recipient, but make their donation purely out of selfless motives.
- Paired Donation: two recipients who are not compatible with their donors, exchange donors so that each recipient can receive a compatible kidney.
- Kidney Donor/Wait List Exchange: an option for incompatible living donors and recipients that is determined by transplant testing.