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What Is A Living Donation

Living donation is another incredible way you can help save the life of someone waiting for an organ transplant. Through living donation, a living person can donate a kidney or part of the liver, lung, intestine or pancreas to another person in need of a transplant. There are many factors to look at when considering living donation. Things such as blood type and overall health are factors when considering becoming a living donor. Each potential living donor must go through a full medical evaluation that includes lab tests, a physical examination, and a psychosocial examination. The decision about whether to accept the living donor is then made by the health care team at the transplant center.

Living donation is completely separate from saying Yes and joining the donor registry at the Driver License Office. Transplant Centers facilitate living donation directly. For more information please contact one of the four transplant centers in our area.

Transplant Centers

Centura Transplant Porter Adventist Hospital
2525 S. Downing St., Suite 380 Denver, CO 80210
Ph: 303-778-1955

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
1719 E. 19th Avenue Denver, CO 80218
Ph: 303-839-6000

Children’s Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue Aurora, CO 80045
Ph: 720-777-1234

University of Colorado Hospital
P.O. Box 6510 Aurora, CO 80045
Ph: 720-848-0855

Note: Selling human organs for the purpose of transplantation is illegal. Federal law stipulates that no person may be paid and/or receive valuable consideration for donating an organ.

Additional Living Donation Resources:

Several additional local organizations provide information and services to both living donors and recipients.

American Transplant Foundation
Provides information and support for those on the wait list and those considering living donation or in the process of becoming a living donor through their Mentorship, Potential Living Donor Database, and Patient Assistance Programs.
Contact Information
Phone: (303) 757-0959
Address: 600 17th St. Ste. 2515 S, Denver, CO 80202

National Kidney Foundation
Provides information on kidney care and living donation through programs such as NKF Cares, a free, confidential hotline and NKF PEERS, a peer mentoring program.
Local Contact Information
Phone: (303) 757-0959
Address: 1391 Speer Boulevard Suite 250 – Denver, CO 80204

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