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Living Kidney Donor Transplant Program

Organ Donation Saves Lives

Living kidney donation takes place when a living person donates one of their kidneys to someone in need of a transplant. This donor can be a friend, relative or an anonymous donor.

UofL Health - Jewish Hospital Transplant Care provides minimally invasive surgical techniques, which result in shorter hospital stays and a quicker recovery time. The transplant team includes surgeons, nephrologists, psychologists, transplant coordinators, social workers and an independent donor advocate, that work together to ensure you have the best personalized care.

UofL Health - Jewish Hospital performed its first living donor kidney transplant in 1964 with survival outcomes consistently above the standard living donor recipient statistics. In recent years, all patients who received a living donation organ were still alive and well one-year post-transplant as opposed to 97% of those recipients who received deceased organs. The rates are excellent for both living and deceased donor transplants, but are even stronger for those who are given the gift of life by a living donor. There are many benefits to living kidney donation, including better outcomes for the organ recipient, decreased wait time for a transplant and advanced preparation time for surgery.

Many people don't realize that for kidneys, living donation is an option. Contact UofL Health - Jewish Hospital Transplant Care locally at 502.587.4939 or toll free at 1.800.866.7539 and follow the organ-specific phone prompts. For the Inpatient Transfer Center, call 502.587.4496.