What's new on Twitter
- The story of a British GP who donated one of his kidneys to a young boy in need.... http://t.co/Had0N6cKLL
- This piece from the LA Times about a US study by neurologists into altruistic donors makes interesting... http://t.co/p7T9FcDzuP
- @tfc5 @NKF_UK there is a policy in place for out of pocket expenses for altruistic donors in UK already here. Good news though!
- RT @tfc5: http://t.co/OcK2oG8s2a @Giveakidney
- "@JacqsJ: @Giveakidney - it changes lives - give it a think - take your time - it's not easy - but CKD is not easy either"
We aim to publicise why more living kidney donors are needed and to support people who are considering this type of donation.
Patients with kidney failure have the option of dialysis or transplantation when both their kidneys fail. A kidney transplant can provide patients with freedom from regular dialysis, a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, very few patients have someone who can give them a kidney, and on average most patients have to wait on dialysis for two to three years before a kidney becomes available on the national deceased donor transplant waiting list.
Although the UK performs more than 2500 kidney transplantations a year, there are over 7000 people waiting for a kidney transplant, of whom 300 die each year.
Despite the shortage of donors, we know that many people would be willing to donate a kidney if they knew how to do so.
Our aim is to raise awareness of kidney donation and support people through the giving process.