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Help other patient's wishes come true, just like Matt!

Matt’s health issues started shortly after birth. At just 3 weeks of age, his kidneys began to fail and he was placed on dialysis, a process that artificially does the work of kidneys by filtering the blood of toxins. But after little response to treatment, physicians at University Transplant Center in San Antonio, Texas placed him on the kidney transplant list. On Sept. 28, 2010, at age 2, Matt received a kidney from a deceased donor.

Unfortunately, two and half years after his transplant, Matt’s body began rejecting his new organ, putting him back on the kidney transplant wait list. This time, he faced challenges of finding a kidney “match” due to a high PRA (panel reactive antibody). This is common for patients whose bodies have become sensitized due to previous transplants.

Through community outreach, Matt’s story compelled over 80 people to sign up as potential living kidney donors. Miraculously, the perfect match was found — his first grade teacher. You can help patients like Matt by learning more about living kidney donation and sharing your spare with someone in need of a kidney transplant.

See how living donation helped Matt and how it can help others.

Who can be a donor?

  • Donors can be family members, distant relatives, friends, or altruistic donors. A donor does not have to be a blood relative.
     
  • Donors must be between the ages of 21 and 70, and in good physical and mental health.
     
  • Donors must be able to understand the risks and possible complications of kidney donation.
     
  • Donors must be in a stable life situation with family or social support to help during recovery time.

Living donors have their own medical team, separate from the recipient’s team, to ensure complete confidentiality.

Begin the process at UTCLivingDonor.com.