I'm asking this question for my mom, who just started on in-center hemo dialysis 5 months ago. She's 69 years old, turning 70 this November, has been diabetic for 20 years, but was diagnosed with CKD in 2005. At first my mom was against the idea of a transplant if that would mean getting it from any one of her children. She said since the disease seems to run in the family then we needed to keep ours for ourselves. But then again she's having a difficult time adjusting to the dialysis, so when we told her the kidney can come from someone else she said she's willing to consider that.
However, when I asked her neph about it he immediately shot down the idea. He said with the host of complications my mom is suffering from, plus her age, it's close to impossible to get approval for transplantation. He said it would take a year or 2 just to get on the list, and a wait of 5 years or more to get a transplant, if at all. By then my mom would be too old for a transplant. He said the only way my mom could get one sooner is if any one of her relatives would donate a kidney. Is this true? Thanks for any info sent my way.