What happens if my blood is not compatible with my live donor?

These days, even if your blood group does not match (is not compatible with) your live donor's blood group, you might still be able to receive your donor's kidney.

You will need to have special treatment called desensitisation which is available at Auckland and Christchurch Hospitals.

If you are able to have this treatment and it is successful, you might be able to go ahead with the transplant. If the treatment is not successful, you and your donor can go into the Kidney Exchange programme.

There is more information on the Kidney Exchange programme in this guide.