In addition to this October 27 newspaper column being a fun read about a married couple who now share the bond of a successful living donor kidney transplant, it contained a fact that struck me as very interesting:
Spouses make up about 15 percent of living donors for kidney transplants at Legacy Good Samaritan, according to the hospital’s donor coordinator. And it’s more often the wife giving to the husband.
I wondered how that statistic holds true nationally, and how the rest of the living donor group breaks out by relationship to the recipient — parents, siblings, offspring, aunts and uncles and cousins, friends, and unrelated strangers. And, whaddaya know?!?! UNOS offers that statistic.
In 2008, of the 3,629 living donor transplants reported to date, the largest group of donors were biologically related siblings — 839 of them. Parents made up about 9 percent, and biological children made up about 16 percent. Spouses were just over 10 percent.