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Living kidney donation is when a living person gives one of their kidneys to someone who needs a transplant. The person who gives their kidney is called a donor. The person who gets the kidney is called the recipient. The first successful living donor transplant was done in 1954.

The Ottawa Hospital has a well-established living kidney donation program. Over the past few years, we have seen more and more living kidney transplants.  In Canada, there are more living donors than deceased donors. Even though more living donor transplants have been done in Ottawa and across Canada in the past few years, there is still a shortage of kidneys for patients on the waitlist. Because of this shortage, people die every year while waiting for a kidney transplant.