Kidney (living organ) donation

What is living organ donation?

The majority of living organ donations are kidney transplants. Unlike many other organs, we only need one kidney to survive, so the transplant can be done while the donor is alive.

Kidney donations are made from individuals with working kidneys to individuals whose kidneys have stopped functioning. Kidney failure is potentially life-threatening, as it causes the buildup of toxins inside the body.

Find out more about the process.
Average kidney transplant wait times

The problem

Last year 34% of the waiting list for kidney transplants were Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals. Only 28% of transplants were to BAME individuals. In other words, hundreds of people on the waiting list are still waiting – living with the daily uncertainty of whether they have a future.

This is a problem on a dizzying scale. If your loved one’s kidneys fail, they will be left waiting for a year longer for a kidney if they’re Black than if they’re White (figures based on averages). Meanwhile, the numbers of Black donors are falling: last year only 17 people from the Black community came forward to save a life, the lowest figure in five years.

The number of deaths will continue to rise and the number of donors to fall, unless ordinary members of the community find the courage to help. If you are healthy, able and interested, we urge you to help. You can sign up for information (with no commitment) below.

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Interested Register

You can register your interest in kidney donation with no commitment by entering your details below. A member of our team will be in touch with more information.

Nina Greywoode

Nina’s story

We had a client at my salon, who used to come to us years ago. She was larger than life in so many ways. Then she suffered kidney failure. To get to the hospital she had to drive past the salon. One day she beeped her horn and I popped out and she just looked like a skeleton. It was awful. I went back in and said right there, I was going to donate my kidney.

It turned out she was too ill, they wouldn’t do an operation on her, but, she said, my friend’s daughter needs one. I’m like, alright then. So we arranged to get tested. About a week later I got a call from one of the nurses. She said, you’re a match. Soon as I put the phone down to her, I just phoned the girl and said, ‘we’re a match, let’s do it’. She couldn’t stop crying, bless her.

It took about a year of going back and forth with the hospital, getting tests done. They talked me through the operation so I knew what was going to happen. It wasn’t a doddle, but there are worse things. You don’t have to be brave to be a donor. There’s nothing scary about it.

People say, Nina I can’t believe you did that. I say, “Well why not?”I got a needle in my arm to put me to sleep, I woke up and I felt completely fine. I was in hospital for a week, my life was back on track after six weeks. I just got back on with my life. You’d never have known.

How would you not; how would you know that if you don’t do that, a person is going to die, and you’re cool with that? If I had another one, I’d do it again, in a heartbeat. The recovery time was minimal, I didn’t feel any different to how I was before.

 

What we do

The ACLT team provides personal support to everyone who signs up. We’ll consult with you before you join the register to make sure you’re ready. Then we’ll be with you every step of the way, from your first meetings with the NHS to the final surgery – and we’ll guide you through aftercare too.

To meet and talk things through you can book a no-strings consultation with us, by emailing info@aclt.org.

 

Useful information

organdonation.nhs.uk/about-donation/living-donation
nbta-uk.org.uk
bts.org.uk