Chapter One: Diagnosis
Chapter Two: Donor?
Chapter Three: Dialysis
Chapter Four: Transplant
Chapter Five: Recovery
From My Lens
 Chapter Two: Donor?

John and his dad
Asking for a kidney is unlike anything else one could ask from another being. Thankfully, I never had to ask. The moment I told friends and family I might need a new kidney, without hesitation, they offered me theirs. Though minimal, the risks and consequences were never a consideration.

I am extremely fortunate to have such support. Many people in need of a new kidney have no family or friends willing or able to donate.

Several factors determine the suitability of a donor. Blood type is key, but the donor's health is almost as important. The donor must be able to afford to lose a kidney. Near-perfect health is required. For instance, smokers, diabetics or people with high blood pressure are almost always disqualified. The ideal donor is also between the ages of 18 and 55.


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