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Dawn Retterath sits next to her husband Todd in their home. Todd donated one of his kidneys to Dawn who learned she would need a transplant last year. It’s rare for a husband to be such a good match.

Living donor kidney transplant

the mayo clinic Kidney transplant program is one of the

largest and most innovative in the country, performing more than 450 kidney transplants each year. mayo clinic emphasizes living donor kidney transplants as

the best option for patients. living donor organs offer many advantages including: • the living donor kidney is the best quality kidney that a patient can receive because the donor can be tested thor- oughly prior to transplantation. • living donor kidneys last longer. half of living donor kid-

neys transplanted today will still be functioning 25 years from now, whereas half of cadaveric kidneys will fail in the first 10 years. • the living donor kidney can be transplanted immediately. the waiting time for a cadaveric kidney ranges from three to

five years. • most living donor kidneys function immediately after

transplantation, while many cadaveric kidneys do not function well initially.

Who can be a kidney donor?

While it is not necessary for living donors to be related to

the recipient, they are usually friends or relatives. the deci- sion to donate an organ is important and must be made by the person and his or her loved ones. you should not, under any circumstances, feel pressured to donate an organ. experienced transplant teams can advise and assist in this pro- cess.

— From MayoClinic.com

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