My transplant team is at MGH in Boston. They are, by far, the top performers of transplants in the region. Last year, they averaged more than 3 transplants a week. They made me feel comfortable while being serious. Most importantly, they were the most positive doctors, nurses, and coordinators I've ever met in a medical office. They were all about living a life and not managing an illness. Clearly, I feel I am in good hands and believe you will be as well. If interested,
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The entire application will take you around 15-20 minutes. Be prepared to have your primary information, allergies, family disease, any issues you have, medications you take, activity levels, etc. It's extremely in-depth for a good reason. You need to start the application when you have around 20 minutes of uninterrupted time to do it. Once you start, you need to finish it. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email in your inbox with the next step. If you don't see it, check your other mail folders.
But Does My Blood Type Matter?
Short answer, NO, it doesn't matter.
Long Answer, for a direct match (I'm A+), meaning one to one, you to me, yes matching blood type matter.
Or How About You Save More Than One Life?
Say your blood type is B+ Transplant teams across the US do these crazy things called pair kidney exchanges. These teams will string along a chain of transplants, matching several donors and recipients from all over saving multiple lives with the help of your kidney going to say Tucson and then I end up getting one from say Tampa!
Below is the more traditional hospital lingo.
Thank you. ❤
If you are found to be a good candidate for kidney transplantation, the best option is to undergo transplant with a living donor, as this does not require time on the waiting list. Patients without a living donor wait on the list for a deceased donor kidney. Because there are many more people who need a kidney transplant than there are kidneys available, a waiting list is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS gives priority to patients based on waiting time and over a time period of years patients move to the top of the list, and receive a kidney.
When a deceased donor organ is available, you will receive a call from our coordinator or surgeon, asking you to come into the hospital for the transplant. Since this call can come at any time during the day or night, any day of the week, it is important for the transplant team to be able to reach you. You should provide our center with all of your phone numbers, as well as the phone numbers of a few emergency contacts, so that we can contact you when needed.
Transplantation for Incompatible Donor-Recipient Pairs
Mass General is a leader in transplanting patients whose live donor is incompatible with them, either because of blood group or anti-HLA antibodies. We offer:
Desensitization therapy—antibodies are removed from the recipient in advance of transplantation. Mass General has performed dozens of these procedures over the last 10-15 years. The success of this approach was recently described in a New England Journal of Medicine article.
Paired Kidney Exchange—through the UNOS Paired Kidney Exchange Program. these transplants are sometimes called swap programs, in which a recipient’s incompatible donor donates to someone else (often in another city), while their recipient receives a kidney from another, compatible donor.