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8 must-know rights for kidney donors at KNH

Donating a kidney is a decision that needs to be well-thought and one informed about everything involved in the process

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Organ donation is a common thing in the medical world whether from deceased people or those alive, these organs play a crucial role in saving lives when they are at stake.

Kidney donation is one of the most common organs donated of all the organs and embarking on the journey of kidney donation is a significant decision,

At Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), which is one the many facilities where the procedure act of organ donation is facilitated, donors play a crucial role in saving lives and offering hope to those in need of a kidney transplant.

One of the disclaimers the hospital has issued is that it does not support the sale of kidneys which is illegal in the country.

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However, during this process, it's paramount for kidney donors to be aware of their rights throughout the donation process.

Understanding these rights ensures that donors are empowered, informed, and protected every step of the way, safeguarding their well-being and ensuring a positive donation experience.

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Consent is the cornerstone of organ donation. It must be voluntary and informed, meaning donors should understand all aspects of the donation process, including the risks and benefits, without any coercion.

In many instances, donors are required to sign a consent form where they give the nod for the process to be undertaken.

Donors have the right to withdraw their consent at any point before the operation without facing any legal repercussions.

This right is fundamental to ensuring that the donation process remains voluntary.

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Donors typically must be of legal adult age. This legal stipulation is important as it ensures that the donor is capable of making informed and legally recognised decisions about their own health and body.

Legal protocols require that all potential donors undergo thorough medical and psychological evaluations to ensure that they are suitable for donation.

This not only protects the health of the donor but also ensures that the donation is safe for the recipient as well.

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The Kenyatta National Hospital has more than once said it doesnt support organ sale which is illegal in most countries to sell organs including kidneys.

This ensures that kidney donation is a charitable act free from monetary compensation to prevent exploitation and commercialization of human parts.

Donors can, however, be reimbursed for legitimate expenses related to the donation process, such as medical bills, travel expenses, and lost wages.

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Donor and recipient confidentiality is protected by law in many countries. Information about the donor’s and recipient's identities can only be disclosed with their consent unless the law requires otherwise.

Test results and anything regarding the entire process is also a matter of confidentiliaty.

Donors should receive follow-up care as part of their rights. Legal standards typically require that donors have access to comprehensive post-operative care and long-term health monitoring to address any complications arising from the donation.

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Proper legal documentation is crucial. This includes not only the consent forms but also any legal agreements that detail the rights and obligations of both the donor and the medical facility. This documentation is essential for protecting all parties involved

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