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  • A kidney transplant can offer people with kidney failure a longer and more active life.
  • Kidneys are often donated after death, but more people are choosing to donate one of their two kidneys while still alive (living kidney donation).
  • People who choose to donate after death must first be declared dead according to strict guidelines.
  • A donated kidney from a living person is likely to remain healthy for longer than one from a donor who is dead, but there is some risk to the donor.
  • Donating a kidney while you are alive is not likely to cause any health problems unless your remaining kidney becomes injured or diseased.

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Reviewed on: 23-10-2019