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PEER PRESSURE


         Pressure on the donor from other family members
         can be an issue. There may be pressure to donate a
         kidney to a family member who is unwell, even if the
         donor is not entirely sure that it is the right thing for
         them to do.
            For donors, it is therefore important to consider
         all these issues before you even volunteer for
         the initial tests. It can be harder to think clearly
         about the issues once, for example, you are told that
         your kidney could be a suitable match for the
         recipient.





                                        WHO CAN DONATE A KIDNEY?





                RELATIONSHIP

        A wide range of people can
        consider becoming a living
        donor for a loved one. These
        include a close relative,
        spouse, partner, or close
        friend who has demonstrated
        a long-standing emotional
        relationship with the recipient.
           Donors are usually brothers,
        sisters, partners or parents of
        the recipient, and, less often,
        they are relatives such as
        uncles, aunts, grandparents,
        sons or daughters.





                                                 AGE AND WEIGHT


              Potential donors should preferably be 25 years of age though in some circumstances donors aged
              from 23 years may be considered. There is no strict upper age limit for potential donors, but an older
              person is less likely to pass the medical examination for potential donors, given that advancing age
              can bring more medical issues. The outcomes are generally better for recipients when the donor is
              similar in age to them. Similarly, a slight person who is of low body weight might not be the best
              donor for a large person of strong build. Each case will be considered on an individual basis by the
              transplant team and decisions made accordingly.



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