MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - At its Founder's Award Gala to be
held on November 23, 2011, the Quebec Branch of the Kidney Foundation
will celebrate and recognize the generous contribution of living kidney
donors to individuals in need of a kidney in Quebec.
In Quebec in 2011, 1 000 patients were waiting for a kidney from a
deceased donor. The demand for kidneys continues to outstrip the
supply, and at best only 20% of all individuals on the waiting list can
hope to get a transplant in a given year.
There are many generous persons who choose to donate a kidney to a
relative or a friend (living kidney donation). This has many
advantages for both recipient and donor, not the least of which is that
living donation shortens time on dialysis for kidney failure patients,
and results in better long term kidney transplant survival.
There are several different forms of living kidney donation. If a donor
is medically suitable and compatible with their loved one, then direct
donation can occur. If donor and recipient are incompatible, it is
possible for the pair to enter the Canadian Living Donor Paired
Exchange Program (the LDPE registry). This program helps
donor-recipient pairs to find couples with whom to exchange kidneys so
that two compatible transplants can be performed. There are also some
anonymous donors who do not know anyone who needs a kidney, but who are
prepared to donate to any person in need on the waiting list. All
forms of living kidney donation are now facilitated by the use of
laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery for removal of the donor
Living kidney donation is a precious gift. The Kidney Foundation is
proud to acknowledge the generous contribution of living kidney donors
to individuals in need of a kidney in Quebec.
About The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization
committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and
stimulating innovative research; providing education and support;
promoting access to high quality healthcare; and increasing public
awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.
SOURCE KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA
For further information:
The Kidney Foundation of Canada - Quebec Branch
Tél: (514) 938-4515/1 800 565-4515 ext. 225