• Question: What happens to the body if you donate a kidney?

    Asked by 379furk43 to Chris, Joanne, Kathryn, Kieran, Sarah on 13 Nov 2017.
    • Photo: Kathryn Schoenrock

      Kathryn Schoenrock answered on 13 Nov 2017:

      Kidneys are really important in processing waste that your body produces so it takes your body awhile to recover from losing a kidney. But we can function with just one!

    • Photo: Chris Werner

      Chris Werner answered on 13 Nov 2017:

      You might suffer from having high blood pressure later in your life, but yes, as Kathryn said, you can function with just one!

    • Photo: Joanne Duffy

      Joanne Duffy answered on 14 Nov 2017:

      The person who donates a kidney is actually at greater risk than the person who receives the kidney, but research shows that people who donate kidneys live long, healthy lives after donating. The donor will obviously have reduced kidney function and sometimes this can have negative effects, but generally people end up just fine.