A good living donor candidate is someone who is healthy, well-informed and makes a voluntary decision to donate one of their kidneys. Living donors must be over 18 and usually less than 70 years of age. They must be in good general health with no evidence of significant high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease or hepatitis.
I don’t know what my blood type is. How do I find out?
You can visit your family doctor to ask if it is on file. If not, you can ask to be tested to find out.
I’m not blood type A or O, can I still donate?
Unfortunately, not for Nha, but please consider making an donation to someone else. There are over 4500 people waiting for a kidney in Canada
I’m an A+ blood type, does this matter?
No, polarity of the blood type does not matter.
After I call in, what’s next?
There are some screening questions for us to get to know you better and to ensure you are a good candidate to donate. We will then send you forward to the kidney donor program and they will take over testing to see if you are a match to Nha.
Why is it so hard for Nha to find a match?
Due to Nha’s 20 years of illness, she has had multiple blood transfusions. With each transfusions, her blood is introduced with more antibodies. These antibodies make it extremely difficult to find a match for Nha. She has been waiting on the kidney donor list for 8 years and is on a special list for extremely difficult to match blood types.
What is the time commitment?
The initial donor survey to set your file up may take you a couple of hours. Once your file is set up, the first round of blood work will take a couple of hours, depending on how busy the lab is.
Will I get paid to donate my kidney?
No! It is illegal to sell your organs or to receive any economic incentives to donate your organs.
Why did this public campaign start?
Nha’s family and some friends weren’t able to be matches for Nha, and so we thought this would be a good way to help raise awareness as well as hopefully find a donor for Nha. Before 2017 happened and she lost her kidneys and legs, Nha was working on her professional career as an accountant. She’s really hoping this campaign will find her a match so that she can go back to work and her freedom back. Being on dialysis 5 times a week is extremely restrictive with what she can do with her life, and she’d like to get some of her quality of life back. As well, she’s trying super hard to not lose more limbs and a new kidney would assist in this battle.