How safe is live kidney donation for your donor?

Most people have two kidneys but can lead a normal life with just one.

This means it is safe for a healthy person to donate one of their kidneys.

Donors will only be accepted after they have had thorough medical tests including:

  • blood tests 
  • urine tests
  • chest X-rays
  • an ECG (electrocardiogram) 
  • a CT (computed tomography) angiogram.

These tests are to make sure that a donor is healthy enough to safely donate one of their kidneys.

About 3 in 1000 donors go on to develop end-stage kidney disease. 

This is similar to the risk of developing end-stage kidney disease in the general population.