To qualify as a living donor, a person must be physically fit, in good health and free from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Individuals considered for living donation are usually between 18 and 60 years of age. Additionally, the prospective donor and recipient must have a compatible blood type and cross-match.
The donor is carefully evaluated with a physical examination and tests to determine kidney function and studies to show the presence of two normal kidneys.
Gender and race are not factors in determining a successful match. The decision about whether to accept the donor is made by the health care team at the transplant center.