Patients in need of a kidney transplant who do not have a living donor will be placed on the deceased donor transplant waiting list.
What is Deceased Donor Kidney Donation?
A deceased donor kidney is a kidney taken from a person who has died, who doesn’t have kidney disease, and who has consented to donation through the New England Donor Bank. A deceased person’s close relatives also can provide consent. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is responsible for the allocation of all deceased donor kidney donations. UNOS uses a set of criteria, including waiting time and tissue compatibility, to match the kidney. Visit Donate Life America or New England Organ Bank to learn more about the importance of organ donation and how you can participate.
The evaluation process for kidney transplant patients is the same, regardless of whether the patient plans to pursue a living or deceased kidney donor. Please see our Transplant Evaluation page for a description of the transplant evaluation process.