Lexington Family Reaches Out to Community; Searching for a Living Kidney Donor


Ranjana with a friend at her graduation from Mt. Holyoke. COURTESY PHOTO

A healthy person can become a ‘living donor’ by donating a kidney, or a part of the liver, lung, intestine, blood or bone marrow.
About 6,000 living donations occur each year. One in four donors are not biologically related to the recipient.


Lexington High School graduate Ranjana Sundaram is 23 years old and has end-stage-renal-disease. She is currently on dialysis and the waiting list for an urgent kidney transplant.

Ranjana was diagnosed over ten years ago with an autoimmune condition of the kidneys. Her young life has been filled with doctor visits, blood draws, hospitalizations, and procedures. Despite all these disruptions, Ranjana graduated from both Lexington High School and Mount Holyoke College.

The longer that Ranjana is on dialysis, the more it affects overall health. Ranjana has not responded to any treatment, and the condition is leading to complete kidney failure. Given her age, a kidney transplant is the best option for her, and a living donor transplant has the best outcomes for someone in her situation. Unfortunately, immediate family and extended family members and friends who have been tested, have not been a match.

She and her family are appealing to the community in hopes of finding a compatible donor.
Check out this link to learn more about Ranjana’s story: https://www.nkr.org/FSG594 and the process of being screened as a donor.

According to the Living Kidney Registry:
“You can make a difference by joining the ranks of over 50,000 living donors who have donated their kidneys to people facing kidney failure. Since 1954, when the first successful living donor transplant took place in Boston, living donors have been giving the gift of life and making a difference. This tradition has allowed thousands of people facing kidney failure to live longer, healthier lives, free from the challenging routine of dialysis. Donating a kidney not only helps the person who receives the kidney but also shortens the deceased donor wait list, helping others get a deceased donor kidney sooner. Also, all living donors are awarded points for their donation so if they ever need a kidney later in life, they will be given priority on the deceased donor list.”

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