New Event: The Challenges of Directed Altruistic Living Kidney Donation

Saturday 6 March, 10am via Zoom

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Directed Altruistic Donation is when someone steps forward to donate a kidney to a specific person with whom they have no prior emotional relationship. This may happen through responding to an appeal in the media or on social media, for example. 

In this webinar transplant surgeon Frank Dor will highlight some of the ethical challenges this type of donation has brought for the professional transplant community and possible donors, as well as some of the potential pitfalls those thinking of appealing for a donor might like to consider.

We also hear from Sandie Shokar, who helped run a successful social media campaign for a living kidney donor ‘Hope for Anaya’ about some of the challenges they encountered and lessons they learnt along the journey.

In addition, Lisa Burnapp of NHS Blood and Transplant will offer some brief guidance as to how best to proceed if this is something you are considering.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Frank Dor is Clinical Lead for Transplantation and consultant transplant surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, co-chair of the Living Organ Donation Working group of ELPAT, BTS and ESOT councillor, as well as Deputy Chair of NHSBT’s Kidney Advisory Group.  @frank_dor

Sandie Shokar is a representative of the Hope4Anaya Campaign, a family-led campaign seeking a living kidney donor for a 2-year-old from Newcastle. The campaign centred on the Sikh community, promoting Organ Donor Registration and Living Kidney donation. The family-led efforts were rewarded with a living donor kindly gifting their kidney to Anaya in September 2019.  Sandie has since supported other families facing the same challenges. @Hope4Anaya

Lisa Burnapp is Clinical Lead for Living Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant and President elect of the British Transplantation Society. Lisa Burnapp has been in renal nursing since she qualified in 1985 and was appointed as a consultant nurse in living donor kidney transplantation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust after completing her MA in medical law and ethics in 2002.

She has been involved with the living donor programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals since 1995 and has retained a clinical attachment to the programme alongside her role at NHSBT.

Questions may be submitted in advance of the event by emailing  We may not be able to respond to all questions.

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