kidney transplant evaluation is complete, you are placed on the kidney transplant waiting list. When a kidney becomes available, you will receive a call from a Multi-Organ Transplant Coordinator (MOTC).
The call for a transplant may come at any time of the day or night.
The MOTC on-call will ask you a few questions:
If there are no concerns about your current health, the MOTC will ask you to come to the hospital as soon as possible. We expect you to arrive at the hospital within
2 hours after you are called in for a kidney transplant. The MOTC will tell you where to go once you arrive at the hospital. Do not eat or drink from this time on.
In some cases, you may be called in as a back-up. This happens when there is a chance that the primary person will not receive the kidney. Whenever possible, we will try to have you stay at home during this waiting period. If tests show that the primary person on the list is not a good match, then you, as the back-up, will be given the kidney.
Yes. Your surgery can be cancelled for many reasons:
You and your family may feel shock, disappointment, and sadness when this happens. All of these feelings are normal. You should call your
transplant coordinator to talk about any concerns you have about a cancellation.
You are still on the transplant waiting list and now know what to expect the next time you are called in.
One organ and tissue donor can save up to 8 lives and improve life for up to 75 others.