"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. Vice Chairman. Department of Urology, Associate Professor of Urology and Transplantation 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.

                                 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.

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    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

    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

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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 and Kidney & Liver 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


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


  • 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
  • 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-
  • 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

    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
    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-

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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

    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           DonateAKidney.net          NationalKidneyDonation.com           Kidney-LiverMatchmaker.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 Husaraky, donated kidney to
father-in-law, Chaya Lipschutz-donated
kidney to strangerm 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
- 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
  - 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

"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-

"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

"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:

"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:  

"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
- 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
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
"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:
- 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
5.  "Penn Hills Woman Donates Kidney
To  Brooklyn Stranger
6. " Bostonians Helped By Kidney
8.   "The New Organ Donors Are Living
"Kidney Donation to Hubby Ends
Divorce Plans"  
"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
14.  "Principal To Donate A Kidney To
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" -
"Kidney Donor Speaks Out"
21.  "A Kidney To Give"  
"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
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
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
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, from Teaneck, N.J.,
a father of 9, donated a kidney AND part of
his liver!  He first donated a kidney in 2009
and then donated part of his liver in 2018  
To read a  story about his kidney
, click here. To hear his radio
interview on his kidney donation, see

Chaya made his kidney & liver match..  As of this
writing, there is no story printed yet on his liver
Rabbi Ephraim Simon
father of 9, who donated a kidney to a
talking about his kidney donation
Zev Brenner Show-Talkline
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 video
TRANSPLANT MD:  KIDNEY DONORS ARE AWE-INSPIRING" - click here to watch this video
3.   VETERAN AND DONOR:  I DON'T SEE MYSELF AS A HERO" - click here to watch this 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

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

To read his story, click here
* GREAT kidney donors
interview - video:
"Give A Kidney -  One's
For the video, click here
For information on becoming a
, watch this great
"Living Donation Liver
Transplant  - The  Donor
Process"  For the video, click here.