Becoming an Organ Donor at Nebraska Medicine

Becoming an Organ Donor

Living Donation

In the United States more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Due to the ever growing uncertainty and long wait times for some patients, family, friends and anonymous individuals may wish to donate to a patient currently listed on the national waitlist. Transplants from living donors are proven to have better outcomes versus deceased donors.

Since the program’s inception in 1970, Nebraska Medicine has successfully transplanted over 900 kidneys and 120 livers from living donors.

Living Kidney Donation

Living donor kidney transplants are accomplished when a healthy individual with two functioning kidneys agrees to donate one of their healthy kidneys to someone who is ondialysis or will need dialysis in the very near future. Individuals who need dialysis have been determined by their physician/nephrologist to have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) making them potential candidates for a transplant.

To learn more about living kidney donation review our Brochure and Frequently Asked Questions.

Living Liver Donation

Living donor liver transplantation is an option for patients when a family member or close family friend agrees to donate part of his/her liver to the patient. Living donation can only be done when the donor is in excellent health and has a liver size that allows enough liver to be removed without harming the donor but enough liver to function in the recipient.

To learn more about living liver donation click on our Brochure and Frequently Asked Questions.


To learn more about living donation contact us at (800) 401-4444 or (402) 559-5000.

Non-Living Donation

Tissue and organ donation is the process of recovering tissues and organs from a deceased individual. Tissues and organs are transplanted into others in order to improve the lives of those in need. Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, gender or medical history.

Live On Nebraska is Nebraska’s designated organ procurement organization (OPO). The group facilitates the donation of organs and tissues for transplantation from deceased donors, supports donor families, and advocates for donation throughout the state. 

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