It seems a monumental thing to ask of someone: "Would you please donate a kidney so that my brother may live?" It truly is the gift of life! You could help by simply sharing this information with your friends & family.
If you were contemplating becoming a living donor, you might have some questions about the process!
Will this cost me anything?
The costs of pre-screening and the actual transplant surgery itself, are paid by the insurance company. If you live in a different town than my brother Kevin, some of the pre-screening would be done at a hospital or clinic near you. Any travel expenses ultimately incurred by the donor, would be the recipient's responsibility.
I think I may want to be a donor, how do I start?
The first step would be to contact the Penn Transplant Institute website where you can complete the Kidney Living Donor Referral Form for Kevin Bartley. Then call the transplant team at 215-662-6200. Any inquiry you make would remain confidential.
What kind of testing is involved in being a living donor?
Initially a variety of tests are performed to determine compatibility such as blood type, tissue match and various screenings. If you are deemed to be a match, the transplant center staff then begins a more thorough discussion which would include your reasons for wanting to be a living donor, the surgical process, risks and recovery time as well as providing resources to support you through the process.
What are the benefits of a living donor transplant?
- You can direct the kidney to a particular recipient.
- The kidney usually starts working immediately once the transplant is complete vs a much slower start with a cadaver kidney.
- There is less problems with organ rejection when the kidney comes from a living donor.
What does the actual surgery involve?
The transplant team will review the details of the actual transplant surgery with the donor. The recent advancements in laparoscopic surgery makes it less invasive for the donor & involves smaller incisions. This type of surgery minimizes the risk and recovery time for the donor.
For more information about becoming a Living Donor, The National Kidney Foundation is an excellent resource!
Please share the link to this blog with your email contacts as well as on your own social media sites! The more who know about Kevin's plight, the more hope that he'll find a donor!