Not sure I'm eligible to be a kidney donor?
I'm in my early fifties, still have young children, work full-time, and have a husband with some medical issues. My much younger half-sibling has become ill with total kidney failure. Sibling is not overweight or a substance abuser but did not go for a medical check-up for nearly twenty years, then suddenly found out blood pressure was extremely high and kidneys damaged to the point of not functioning. Sibling needs dialysis and is going on a donor waiting list. Sibling is destitute financially with no health insurance and will need public assistance; has a job but this may torpedo it. Has a wife who works and a young child. Our family is small and the only other half-sibling probably is ruled out by high blood pressure. I love my sibling though we are not terribly close; I certainly don't want this person to die. I am basically healthy but am a recovered alcoholic. Abused alcohol most of my adult life and was a daily drinker for seven years. I also smoked for fifteen years but quit a number of years ago. Despite all this use I seem to have healthy organs and no blood pressure problems. I do no contact sports. I am the same blood type as the younger sibling, hence we are likely to be a match. I would like to know whether I am even eligible medically to be a donor. My willingness to donate I would like to keep beside the point for now. Would I be allowed to or advised not to donate based on being an alcoholic in recovery? I have a one-night relapse now and then when I have four or five glasses of wine (always at home; never drunk-drive) but I climb back into recovery and pour out any remaining alcohol. If I were to relapse for more than one night I would seek help from a recovery program as I did to get sober in the first place. Thanks for any responses.
Asked By: Anonymous - 1/23/2013
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Answered By: Steve - 1/23/2013
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Drinking affects your liver not your kidneys. Provided you are in good health and they will need to do many tests on you, you could donate. However, you have to understand the risk, it is major surgery and complications could see you dead or on dialysis yourself. Furthermore, the transplant may not be a success and... More
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