Kidney transplants are the most common living donor organ transplants performed in the United States.
In 2001, the number of living donors surpassed the number of deceased donors for the first time. Living donor kidney transplants are often the best option for patients because the kidney can be tested thoroughly before transplantation, and can be transplanted soon after a match has been found.
The waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor is often several years. There are 2,038 patients on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in North Carolina.
For more information on becoming a living organ donor visit www.unos.org
THE ORGAN PROCUREMENT AND TRANSPLANTATION NETWORK, NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION