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National Kidney Registry to provide health insurance through LODN to "Good Samaritan" living donors.

The American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation (AFDT) announced National Kidney Registry (NKR) has agreed to begin providing "Good Samaritan" living kidney donors with health insurance and post donation follow-up through the AFDT's Living Organ Donor Network (LODN). The NKR has facilitated more paired kidney exchange transplants than any organization in the world.

"It is great that National Kidney Registry is joining LODN," said Francis Wright, MD, a transplant surgeon and AFDT president. "Participating in LODN provides another level of security for donors and their families that goes above and beyond what is normally available for donors."

The Good Samaritan donors that start NKR chains will now be followed by the LODN to ensure they are recuperating quickly and completely, the organizations said in a press release. LODN will follow donors in the event there is a post donation concern, ensure care if given and coordinate with the donation center so donors are not required to pay for any complications that might occur.

NKF and AFDT stressed that information gathered through LODN donor follow-u will comply with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) requirements and will assist the NKR participating centers in meeting regulatory requirements for data reporting.

Donors will also be eligible for a life insurance policy that covers them from the time they leave their house to travel to the donation center and remains in effect for up to a year after any post donation complications. In addition, donors will be covered by disability and medical-care "gap" insurance.

"We are thrilled to be working with the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation," said NKR president and founder Garet Hil. "Working with LODN to provide insurance protection and improved follow-up for our Good Samaritan donors is just the right thing to do for those who so generously start 'donor chains' and give the gift of life to people facing kidney failure. We hope this partnership will inspire more transplant centers to participate in LODN and provide this critical insurance coverage and donor follow-up service."

The American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation is the continuation of the oldest transplantation and donation professional organization in the US. It was originally founded in 1969 and morphed into the South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF), located in Richmond, VA. When the US government awarded the contract to administer the nation's transplant programs to a newly formed organization called UNOS, SEOPF ultimately became the AFDT.

The NKR is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by Hil with a goal of saving and improving the lives of people facing kidney failure by increasing the quality, speed and number of living donor transplants in the world..

For more information on the NKR call (800) 936-1627 or go to:
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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