Living Kidney Donation: 'The Greatest Gift'

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A donor is wheeled to an operating room for a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via GettyImages)

When Carol Offen’s son needed a kidney, she did not hesitate to offer her own, but she still had a lot of questions. In the United States, nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant with waitlists as long as five years or more, and every day 12 people die of kidney disease. As a result, living kidney donations have become increasingly popular. We talk to Offen, co-author of the book “The Insider’s Guide to Living Kidney Donation,” and Dr. Nancy Ascher, an organ transplant expert who is also a kidney donor, about organ transplants and what it takes to make what organ recipients call, “the greatest gift.”


Nancy L. Ascher, surgeon and professor, UCSF Department of Surgery

Carol Offen, co-author, "The Insider's Guide to Living Kidney Donation: Everything You Need to Know If You Give (or Get) the Greatest Gift"

Tameez Sunderji, vp of product, Manifold