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Ginger, Volunteer Mentor (@gingerw)

Transplant Caregiver Advice: Got Tips to Share?

Transplants | Last Active: Jan 25, 2022 | Replies (32)

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@richardsville, I commend you for inquiring about living organ donation. I can tell that you are very concerned about your sibling, and I want to assure you that your interest along with searching for information has to be a bright spot for him/her. I have no background or knowledge from my experience to share about living lung transplant. This is cedrtainly something that your sibling's doctor and transplant center can discuss with you.

Organ transplant is a complex procedure and comes with benefits and well as risks. The aim of transplant surgery is to provide the best possible outcome for the patient (and donor when there is a living donor). Both physical and mental health are considered when someone is considering being a living donor. I have located the following information from UNOS Transplant Living. This information applies to ALL living organ donors.
"Living donor candidates should be:

In good physical and mental health
At least 18 years old
Be willing to donate: No one should feel that they MUST donate
Be well informed: A good donor candidate has a solid grasp of the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes, both good and bad, for both the donor and recipient
Have a good support system
Transplant program assess the medical and psychosocial health of potential living donors. "
@richardsville, Is your sibling already on the transplant list, or about to be listed? What questions do you have? How can we help you while you walk beside your sibling?

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His lung Dr is making the call to see about a date for brother the be evaluated