One Liver, Two Lives.
The amazing impact of living liver donation.
More people need liver transplant than there are available donor organs.
14,183 People are currently waiting for a liver transplant.
7,496 Deceased-donor liver transplants were performed in 2016.
An incredible organ.
The liver is an essential organ that filters toxins from the body, in addition to serving hundreds of other functions.
The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself. Much like potting a cutting of a plant, two livers can regrow from one.
How a living liver transplant works.
- A donor volunteers to share his or her liver with a loved one in need of a liver transplant.
- About 60% of the donor's liver is removed and transplanted into the recipient.
- After about 12 weeks, the liver will return to its normal size in both donor and recipient.
The benefits of living liver donation.
- Reduces the amount of time a person spends waiting for an organ.
- Reduces pressure on waiting list for others.
- Living-donor livers typically last longer than deceased-donor livers.
- Surgery can take place before complications from a long wait time increases the risk to the recipient.
Who can donate?
- Mayo Clinic requires that donors have a relationship with the recipient.
- Donor and recipient must be compatible based on age, blood type, health and other factors.
- Donor should be willing to miss work for at least 6-8 weeks while recuperating.
Sources: MayoClinic.org; OPTN.Transplant.HRSA.org.