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Since 1954, when the first kidney transplantation was performed, more than half a million living donor kidney transplants have been completed.1 A study2 on 3698 living kidney donors showed that the postoperative mortality rate of donation is 0.03% and that the risk of long-term end-stage renal disease is comparable with the risk of the matched general US population. The authors concluded that the life expectancy and quality of life of living donors is comparable with the general population.
Del Chiaro M, Rangelova E, Maeurer M. The Ethical Dilemma of Compensating Living Kidney DonorsAlignment Between Science, Legislation, and Ethical Perception in Society?. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(8):716-717. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0092