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2. How living donation works
Any person, who is healthy and volunteers may be able to donate an organ or part of an organ.
Age isn’t a problem. In the UK there have been successful living kidney donations from people in their 80’s.
Anyone volunteering will be asked to undertake a series of tests. This is so the medical team can be absolutely sure that you are healthy and suitable to donate. Your health and safety is a primary concern and not everyone is suitable so you may be unable to donate.
The donor’s health and how closely the organ matches to a person waiting for an organ are very important.
If you do volunteer, you can change your mind at any point – right up to the time of surgery.