living kidney donation

Learn how donated organs can save lives

By uclahealth • March 4, 2021

Dawn wanted nothing more than to soothe the suffering of a stranger. Touched by an article she read about living kidney donations, Dawn decided to take action with a selfless and life-saving act of her own.

By uclahealth • August 1, 2017

Have you ever wondered why people choose to donate a kidney? And whether these donors regret their decision later? Amy Waterman first became interested in organ donation over 20 years ago when she conducted surveys of kidney donors as a graduate student in social psychology at Washington University [...]

By Enrique Rivero • March 28, 2017

“There was a time where I didn’t do dialysis for a month, and I refused hemodialysis,” says Michelle Obespo-­‐Theus, whose high blood pressure led to kidney failure. She notes her biggest battle with kidney failure was ensuring that dialysis didn’t ruin her high-­profile career as a consultant for major athletes. [...]

By uclahealth • October 8, 2015

UCLA Medical Center Performs Its First Living Donor Kidney "Swap" UCLA Medical Center on Sept. 20 performed its first living donor kidney "swap," a procedure in which a loved one of a kidney transplant patient who is not compatible as a donor exchanges organs with another incompatible pair under an innovative [...]

By uclahealth • October 4, 2010

Alan and Blyden's Story Kidney Transplant Rejuvenates a Life and Reconnects Old Friends Friends since childhood but separated by years and geography, Alan Landros and Blyden Loutensock found each other again in a time of need. And when it came time for Loutensock to make a choice to help his old friend - [...]

By uclahealth • April 25, 2010

Pam's Story Kidney Transplant Chain Pamela Heckathorn, of Cypress, Calif., was to receive a kidney from her cousin Dave Busk, who lives in the Los Angeles area; husband and wife Arturo and Maricela Carvajal, of Fillmore, Calif., were to have formed a donor-recipient pair; and Randy Platt, of Covina, Calif., wanted to [...]

By uclahealth • April 24, 2010