Thousands of transplants each year are made possible by living donors. Living donors can donate an entire kidney, or a portion of their liver or lungs. In rare cases, living donors can donate a portion of their pancreas or intestine.

Living donors must go through a number of tests to determine if they are healthy enough to donate an organ, and to ensure they are making an informed decision. These include:

  • Psychological exams
  • Physical exams
  • Blood tests

There are several benefits to living donations, including a shorter waiting time for the recipient. And, because of better genetic testing on living donations, there is less of a chance that the recipient’s body will reject the donated organ.

It is illegal to sell human organs for the purpose of transplantation.