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HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?


                                 Direct personal communication is           It is important to be aware that
                                 the key to making sure the process       we    will   not    commence       the
                                 of assessment for living kidney          evaluation of a potential living
                                 donation goes smoothly. This is true     donor until the recipient has been
                                 both for donors and for recipients.      evaluated by the transplant team.
                                    If you want to be considered as a     This usually means that a potential
                                 potential kidney donor, for a friend     recipient must be suitable for transplant
                                 or family member, you will need to       and must be on the active waiting pool
                                 make direct contact with the Kidney      for a deceased donor kidney.  It is
                                 Transplant Office at Beaumont            important to discuss your wish to
                                 Hospital and ask to speak with one       donate a kidney with the potential
                                 of the Kidney Transplant Co-             recipient, since we cannot evaluate a
                                 ordinators.                              potential donor until we have the
                                    Phone number is 01-852 8397.          consent of the recipient to do so.


                                 WHAT MAKES A SUITABLE LIVING DONOR?


        Before the medical staff can agree to anyone becoming a living donor, they must be satisfied that
        the donated kidney is unlikely to be rejected by the recipient’s body. They also need to ensure that
        the person, willing to be a donor, is unlikely to suffer ill health as a result of making the donation.



                                              BLOOD GROUPS


              Most people are familiar with the fact that red blood cells have a specific type or group:
              A, B, AB, or O. In general , for successful direct transplantation, the blood group of the
          potential donor must be compatible with that of the proposed recipient. So, before anything else, the
        blood group compatibility of donor and recipient must be tested.
           The different pairs are shown below:
                                                                                               If you are not a
             Recipient           Recipient           Recipient          Recipient           compatible blood
               Blood               Blood               Blood              Blood             group with your
              Group O             Group A            Group B            Group AB            recipient it is still
                                                                                            possible to donate a
                                                                                            kidney to help your
              Donor               Donor              Donor               Donor              loved one by way of

             Can be              Can be              Can be             Can be              paired kidney
                                                                                            exchange.
                                                                                               See page 27-28
                                                                                            or ask your
                                                                        O, A, B,            transplant
                  O               O or A             O or B                                 co-ordinator to
                                                                         or AB
                                                                                            discuss this with
                                                                                            you.





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