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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of participating in an exchange program?

  • Receive a kidney sooner, maybe before requiring dialysis
  • Receive a living donor kidney, which on average lasts longer than a deceased donor kidney 
  • Receive a better matched kidney, which would potentially require fewer drugs and last longer
  • Provides a very rewarding experience for the donor since multiple families are helped by the donation 

Can I join the program even if I have a compatible donor?

  • Yes, even if you have a compatible donor, you and your donor can join. In fact, the program may enable you to receive a kidney from a younger donor, or a better matched kidney.
  • Some donors, especially those with O blood types, may want to participate because of the opportunity to help more than one recipient.

Can the exchange families meet?

  • Once the transplant has taken place, if the other patients agree, you will have the opportunity to meet the other families involved in the exchange.

How do we get started?

  • Interested donors may contact our program by telephone at
    (310) 267-6907
    or by completing a Living Donor Intake Form below and faxing it back to (310) 983-3628 for review by our Living Donor Team.

pdf file download Donor Intake

pdf file download Donor Intake Spanish

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