Transplant programs are required to identify an independent advocate for living donors.  This is a person with a good understanding of transplantation whose sole purpose is to:

1. Promote the best interest of the potential living donor.
2. Advocate for the rights of the potential living donor.
3. Assist the potential living donor in obtaining and understanding information regarding:

  • The consent process
  • The evaluation process
  • The surgical procedure
  • The benefit and need for follow-up in six months, one year and two years post donation

The Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) functions independently from the transplant candidate's team.