About your donor
Why it’s important to know some medical information about your donor
- You will need to know basic medical information about your donor
- The health of your donor may influence the health of the lung that is being donated to you, which may affect your health
- Some donated lungs are likely to work for longer than others
- All donated lungs carry some risk, though in general this is much lower than the risks posed to you by your lung disease
Some donors have healthier lungs than others
This means that you and the transplant team looking after you may need to make a difficult decision about whether a particular lung is right for you. There are many things that can affect how well a donated lung will work after a transplant.
All donated organs carry some risk, but this will vary from donor to donor. In general, this risk is much lower than the risks posed by your lung disease.
It is important to know some information about your donor to find out things that could affect the health of your lung transplant.
Gathering information about deceased donors
This is not always straightforward and it can sometimes be difficult to gather health information about a deceased donor. This is because:
- We cannot ask deceased donors about their previous health
- Donors may not have told their loved ones or GP about their health issues
- There may only be a short time available to carry out tests on the donor