Living donation

It is possible to be a living donor. The most common type is kidney donation, when one kidney is removed from a healthy individual and transplanted into a relative or friend. In recent years, it has also become possible for people to donate part of their liver.

Living donation is a major decision, and every person who comes forward undergoes a rigorous assessment.  All live donors and recipients are reviewed by an independent assessor who is responsible for making sure there’s no pressure or coercion involved, and that all parties understand the risk of complications.

  • Living kidney donation

    Kidneys are the most commonly donated organs by living people, and about a third of all kidney transplants carried out in the UK are from living donors.

  • Living liver donation

    A living liver donor is a person who gives part of their liver to someone with liver failure who needs a transplant (the recipient). This could be a friend or family member, or someone they do not already know.