Paired kidney donation is a rare occurrence, but it is possible. According to Donate Life America, one out of every four kidney transplants is made possible through living donors, and one out of every three couples involves spouses. Studies have generally shown that donating kidneys to a spouse has a positive impact on marriage. But what happens when kidney donation occurs outside of marriage? This article looks at the impact on marriage when the gift is made to someone other than the spouse.Karen Angellotti was 30 years old when she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), an inherited disorder that caused cysts in her kidneys.
Currently, there are over 100,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and 85 percent of them need a kidney. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease.The living gift can come from someone who doesn't have an emotional relationship with the recipient, such as a friend of a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, or someone who listens through social media. Dean says it was a pleasure to work with Ed and Darlene's attitudes during the process. Darlene says she would have been willing to donate her kidney to someone else if she didn't agree with Ed.The use of living, unrelated donors in kidney transplantation remains controversial, but many transplant centers have accepted this procedure.
April is National Giving Life Month and today is Living Donor Day, a time to celebrate all those who gave the gift of life.This is the first study to evaluate the effect of kidney donation on marriage when the spouse is not the recipient. A living donation is when a living person donates an organ (or part of an organ) for transplant to another person. Sometimes, the kidney is lost due to rejection, surgical complications, or the original disease that caused the recipient's kidney failure.