"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
The gift of an organ can have a positive impact on both the donor and the recipient.
Some donors have shared that the experience resulted in positive emotions and feeling and that they felt good about improving another person’s life.
Recipients benefit from improved health and quality of life. A transplant allows them to return to normal activities. They can spend more time with family and friends, return to work, do more physical activities, and pursue interests and hobbies.
Better genetic matches between living donors and recipients may decrease the risk of organ rejection. As it relates specifically to kidney donation, kidneys from living donors usually work immediately in recipients in comparison to kidneys from deceased donors. Laparoscopic kidney donation surgery is less invasive and involves smaller incisions. This type of surgery decreases recovery time for the donor.
Brian Clemente (pictured here with his mother) was able to save his mother through the gift of donation. He expressed his eternal gratitude to the transplant team members for doing their job or, more accurately, giving the “gift of saving lives and giving families hope." He stated, “My brothers and I have always looked at our mother as our guiding light, and we were in no way prepared to lose her." Read more about Brian's gift here.