Living-organ donation types

There are far more people in need of a transplant than there are organs available. As a living organ donor, you can donate an organ – or part of an organ – to another person.

Your organ donation not only saves lives, it also improves the quality of life for the recipient.

At VCU Health, donors can donate a kidney to a recipient with kidney disease. Donors are carefully selected, and live kidney donors can have long, healthy lives with one remaining kidney.

Donors can also donate a portion of their liver to a recipient with liver failure. Donors are carefully selected, and these donors can also have long, healthy lives. During a living-donor liver transplant a portion of the donor’s liver is removed and transplanted into the recipient. Somewhat miraculously, the liver grows to its original size and function in both the donor and recipient in generally four to six weeks.

If you donate part of an organ, the part that remains makes up for what’s gone. Living kidney and liver donors go on to live normal, healthy lives.

You can help:

  • Shorten the wait for someone in need of a life-saving organ transplant
  • Improve the chances of the recipient’s transplant success


For transplant recipients, learn how Hume-Lee has helped save countless transplant patient lives in Virginia and around the world.


Learn More About Becoming a Living Donor

Whether you know someone in need of an organ donor, or you feel called to save a life as an altruistic donor — we know that you need answers to make this important decision.

Our experts developed this guide to help you learn more about the living donor experience. In this guide, we answer these common questions and more.

  • What is the process to become a living organ donor?
  • How do I know if I am a candidate to become a living organ donor?
  • What are the latest advancements in organ transplantation?
  • What is the personal expense of living donation?
  • How will becoming a living organ donor affect my long-term health?
  • What is the healing time after donating an organ?

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Why Choose Hume-Lee Transplant Center

The VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center is one of the nation's leading transplant programs.

  • Pioneering living donor organ donation program
  • Top-tier transplant physicians and surgeons
  • Award-winning transplant nursing staff

See how these two living donors saved lives and continue to thrive.

Directed organ donation

A son gives his mother the ultimate gift: a life-saving kidney that strengthened her health and their already close bond.

Paired organ donation

Even though one woman was not a match for her sister, the team at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center found a recipient for her kidney and identified a life-saving kidney donor for her sister, too.


To learn more and find out if you are a candidate for living organ donation, request an appointment with the VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center today.

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