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Understanding types of kidney donations.

Living Donor (Kidney)

Kidney Donation

The majority of kidneys that are transplanted come from deceased organ donors. Deceased organ donors are people who have become critically ill and will not live as a result of their illness or injuries.  Donors can come from any part of the United States. This type of transplant is called a deceased donor transplant.

A person receiving a transplant usually receives only one kidney, but, in rare situations, he/she may receive two from a deceased donor. Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may also be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with the kidney that remains.