Information About the Voucher Program
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The NKR Voucher program allows donors to donate their kidney many years before their intended recipient may need a kidney. Some Voucher donors have donated 20+ years before their intended recipient is expected to need a transplant with the hope that their intended recipient will never need a transplant. The Voucher program is a subset of the NKR Advanced Donation Program which began in 2011.
The following are examples of typical Voucher cases:
- Voucher donor is 64 years old and will be too old to donate to a grandchild who has been diagnosed with a kidney problem which may require a kidney transplant in 15 years.
- Recipient has a current functioning allograft but may need a second transplant in 20 years. The father is 52 and wants to donate but will be too old in 20 years.
Below are some of the key requirements & stipulations of the Voucher program:
- There is no guarantee that the patient can be matched and transplanted.
- The Voucher donor and recipient must complete and return the Informed Consent documents to apply for participation in the program.
- A Voucher donor may identify up to five intended recipients and a Voucher recipient may have up to five Voucher donors.
- Additional intended recipients cannot be added after the donor returns the Informed Consent document. To the NKR.
- When an Voucher donor identifies multiple intended recipients, the first appropriate candidate for transplant will receive the Voucher Kidney.
- The Voucher donor and intended recipient can be at different centers but both centers must be participating in the program.
- Intended Voucher recipients must be a kidney transplant recipient or currently have, or be expected to have, some form of renal function impairment.
- The Voucher expires when the intended recipient expires and it cannot be transferred.
- The donor cannot withdraw the Voucher from the intended recipient after kidney donation.
- The intended recipient may only redeem the Voucher when transplantation is indicated as a therapeutic modality for End Stage Kidney Disease.
- If the NKR were to undergo a change of control, the surviving organization must honor all Vouchers with the same or better capacity to fulfill all outstanding Voucher obligations.
- The intended recipient is required to provide government photo identification and a blood sample so that the HLA and blood type can be confirmed before a Voucher’ can be redeemed.