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Fe­male kid­ney donors los­ing out

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WOMEN are much more likely to do­nate a kid­ney than re­ceive one, re­searchers say.

Two-thirds of all liv­ing kid­ney donors are fe­male – but they are also more likely to suf­fer from the most se­ri­ous stages of chronic kid­ney dis­ease.

Even within mar­ried cou­ples there is a big dis­par­ity. A study of do­na­tion rates across Europe found 36 per cent of women who could do­nate a kid­ney to their hus­band do so. But only 6.5 per cent of clin­i­cally suit­able men do­nate a kid­ney to their wives.

The Ger­man re­searchers, writ­ing in the Vis­ceral Medicine jour­nal, said: ‘It is as­sumed that women con­sent more of­ten to kid­ney do­na­tion due to so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and al­tru­ism, and be­cause they are more likely to give in to sub­tle pres­sure.’ Women are also less likely to re­ceive a liver trans­plant, the re­searchers said, and more likely to die wait­ing for a trans­plant. The sci­en­tists, from Univer­sitätsmedi­zin Ber­lin, be­lieve this is partly be­cause they are less likely to plead for one.

The data, pub­lished to mark In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day and World Kid­ney Day to­day, comes as the NHS warns of fall­ing num­bers of kid­ney do­na­tions.

NHS Blood and Trans­plant said the num­ber of liv­ing kid­ney donors had dipped to an eight-year low, with just 990 donors in 2017, a 10 per cent de­cline on the high­est ever year, 2013. There are cur­rently 4,960 peo­ple wait­ing for a kid­ney trans­plant.

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