CTV News London Reporter
LONDON, ONT –
Marion Reich donated a kidney to a family friend ten years ago
“We were a match, it starts with the blood type and if the blood type matches, even though she was not a blood relative, I was able to donate”
However, Reich says the process from start to finish took a while, during this time her friend ended up having to have dialysis while waiting.
“It has been established that when you have passed one hurdle, you have been scheduled for the next one and the time between appointments is precious and precious,” says Reich “This can impact the person receiving the kidney and can rule out the possibility of a preventive transplant “
Improving the living kidney donation process is exactly what a team of doctors from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University has studied
Currently, the process of donating a living kidney takes an average of 10 months and sometimes more
“When someone is interested in donating a kidney to a loved one or friend, they contact our program, and in truth, they go through many obstacles before they get to the point where they are eligible to be a donor. kidney ”Says Dr. Amit Garg, Lawson scientist and Western professor
The study found that spending by donors is one of the biggest hurdles, but another is time commitment.
Team recommends more efficiency for donors One idea would be virtual appointments to take travel out of the equation
“A colleague of mine in Hamilton is studying a donor assessment day, so it’s kind of like a marathon day,” says Dr. Garg “You go in the morning and have so many tests done and see a specialist and at the end you get a clear answer as to whether you can be a donor or not”
The ultimate goal is to make the process easier, to increase the list of living donors, which will ultimately save more lives
Kidneys, organ transplants, donations
EbeneNews – UA – Study on how to increase the number of kidney donors to save more lives