About 17 people die each day waiting for kidney donations. People who receive kidneys from living donors have a higher success rate of non-rejection than people who receive a kidney from a non-living donor. Most people who donate kidneys have few if any complications. The recovery period after surgery is only two to three weeks. The hospital stay is only one to two days. If you are thinking about donating a kidney to a stranger, follow these steps.

Do research on living kidney donation. Check out the link to the National Kidney Foundation located in the link below in the resource section. The link will take you directly to the Q&As on kidney donation and through the kidney donation process.

To donate a kidney to a stranger, check out MatchingDonors for patients who are looking for kidney donations. The link is in the resource section below. Sign up as a new potential donor. Fill out a few brief questions, and your profile will be available to people who need a kidney with your matching blood type. You will also have access to people's profiles who need kidneys.

Check your health before donating a kidney to a stranger. To make a living kidney donation to a stranger, you must be in good heath and less than 70 years old. There are also physical and psychological tests required before a person can donate a kidney. The recipient's insurance typically pays for all your medical costs. Lost wages may be covered through your employer.


  • It is illegal in the United States for anyone to receive payment for donating a kidney.