About this book

This book should be read in consultation with a qualified health practitioner.

Becoming a live kidney donor

General information to help you decide

Donating a kidney will make a real difference to the life of a person with kidney disease.

A live kidney transplant is considered the best treatment for someone who has end stage kidney disease.

Donating a kidney is a big decision, so you need to have a good understanding of what live kidney donation is all about.

This guide has been written for people who are thinking of donating a kidney. This guide will give you general information to help you decide if you want to be a live kidney donor.

If you decide to donate, there is another booklet with more detailed information on the tests you need, the operation and life after donation. This second booklet is called Live Kidney Donation – Information for donors about the tests, the operation and what life will be like after donation.

If you decide to donate you will be able to get this second booklet through your transplant co-ordinator or by calling Live Kidney Donation Aotearoa on 0800 LIVE DONOR – 0800 5483 36667.