Living kidney donation can only be done between family members.
False – living kidney donation is not limited to blood relatives or family members. Many living donors are friends or acquaintances of the recipient.
You can donate a kidney, even if you don't have someone specific to donate it to.
True – this is called non-directed donation and it is possible. In addition, non-directed donors can participate in kidney paired donation.
If the person you want to donate to isn't a match, there's nothing you can do to help them.
False – if you do not match your intended recipient, kidney paired donation allows incompatible pairs of donors and recipients to participate in living donation.
Asking someone to donate a kidney is hard.
True – asking an otherwise healthy person to have an operation to give you a kidney is hard. However, many times the donor is more than happy to say yes. In addition, the more people that know you need a kidney, the more people who might volunteer to give you one.
Once you agree to donate a kidney you can’t change your mind.
False – the potential kidney donor can change his or her mind about donating up until the time of the actual operation.
It hurts to donate a kidney.
True – as with any major abdominal operation, there will be pain and/or discomfort following the procedure. However, the discomfort is almost always manageable with the short-term use of pain medications.
If I donate a kidney, my remaining kidney won’t be able to do the job of two.
False – one healthy kidney will provide more than enough function to clean the waste products and extra fluid from your blood.
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