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Internet Sites to Help You Take Charge of Your Transplant
and Reduce Your Wait Time
Two websites presented in the Transplant Questions "Top Ten" will help you evaluate transplant programs across the US and potentially reduce your wait time, increasing your opportunity to receive a kidney transplant sooner.
"Is A Kidney Transplant Right for Me?"
This companion toolkit was developed and written by the ESRD Network's Kidney Patient Advisory Council -- a guide created BY patients FOR patients considering a kidney transplant. Download
Learn How a Donor Kidney Chain Works
A donor kidney chain begins with a paired exchange which allows a recipient, with an incompatible donor, to get a kidney from another donor, who is also not a match with their intended recipient.
Paired exchanges involve two living donors that are incompatible and their two recipients.
If the recipient from one pair is compatible with the donor from the other pair, and vice versa – the transplant center(s) may arrange for a "swap"– for two simultaneous, successful transplants to take place.
A donor kidney chain involves matching multiple, incompatible donor-recipient pairs and may involve multiple institutions (hospitals) in different states.
A donor kidney chain may also begin with an altruistic donor ("non-directed" or "Good Samaritan" donor). This is a person who wishes to donate a kidney but who has no intended recipients. They simply want to donate to someone who can benefit from a transplant.
Donors are evaluated so that the paired donor kidney that you receive is comparable to your donor.
If you are interested in learning more about Donor Chains, please click here to request to speak with a Rogosin staff member to schedule an appointment.
Register for a Donor Chain
We encourage you to register for a living donor chain both locally and nationally.
Register to Donate a Kidney
Similarly, if you know someone who wants to donate a kidney, we encourage them to register both locally and nationally. Read the guidelines for kidney donation here.
Join the Donate Life New York State Registry here.
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