Are You Able to Donate?

My name is Josh and I'm alive today because of an amazing organ donor who decided to save my life. Right now there are thousands of people — so many people — who are still waiting for a healthy organ. They want to live. Vanderbilt's transplant team prides itself on providing excellent care, finding donors who are the very best fit. Just by watching this video to the end you'll start your own personal screening. A lot of the criteria is beyond your control. If for some reason you're not able to donate, hey, the best way to help is to share this video with others. Just considering being a donor is an extraordinary act of kindness. Hi. My name is Kaylin and I'm a living donor transplant coordinator here at Vanderbilt Transplant Center. To be a donor you have to be at least 18 years old and in good overall health physically, and mentally. If you have diabetes, a history of hepatitis B or C, HIV/AIDs or if you're not okay with a transfusion of blood products, unfortunately, you are not able to donate. Certain types of cancer; kidney, liver, lung or heart disease; kidney stones; significant obesity; high blood pressure; family history of diabetes or kidney disease; use of medication for chronic pain; or a history of mental illness may mean you're not able to donate. But if you have any of these it's still okay to apply. You should know that becoming a donor will require a lot of your time. You'll need to travel to Vanderbilt for testing and you may not be able to work for four to six weeks after surgery. Your medical expenses will be covered. But it's a good idea to check out some organizations that help donors with travel and lodging if they need it. You can find a list on our website. We recommend you talk with your employer, family and friends about becoming a living donor. Your decision will affect them too, after all, and it makes things much easier if everyone's on board. If you want to take the next step visit our website and fill out our living donor referral form. We'll take it from there. And don't forget to share this video with others who might be willing to donate. You might save a life.

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