In order to remain active on the kidney transplant waiting list, it is essential that you understand and fulfill certain responsibilities. These include, but are not limited to:
Waiting time: It is difficult to predict exactly when a kidney will become available for you. In general, the important factors in receiving a deceased donor kidney are length of time on the waiting list, blood group and the presence of antibodies to HLA antigens in your serum. In this region of the country, the wait time for most blood groups approaches five years. An exception to this exists for people who have exactly the same HLA antigens as a deceased donor. If such a kidney becomes available anywhere in the country, you may receive a kidney in a much shorter period of time. Multiple listing: It is permissible for patients to be listed at more than one transplant center simultaneously; however, certain restrictions apply. UNOS regulations allow you to be listed at more than one transplant center as long as the two centers are not in the same geographic region. Communication with your transplant center: It is imperative that you or a member of your family contact your transplant coordinator or another member of the transplant team regarding any of the following situations:
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Awards Lahey Clinic the Silver1 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.