there is an option: live donor liver transplant (LDLT).
donor liver transplantation is possible because the liver, unique among organs
in humans, will regenerate. This means that when part of a liver is taken from
a live liver donor for transplantation,
the portion that remains in the donor can regenerate to its original size –
and the portion transplanted into the recipient will regenerate to a size that
fits the recipient's body.
donor liver transplantation does not replace traditional deceased donor
transplantation, but it offers the possibility of transplantation to an
additional 20% to 40% of those on the national liver transplant waiting list.
immediate benefits of LDLT are twofold. First, because Live Donor Liver
Transplant is an elective procedure performed when the recipient is in the
"best" possible condition, he or she avoids the continued physical deterioration
that inevitably occurs while waiting for a suitable liver replacement.
And second, by avoiding the use of a liver from
a deceased donor, live donor liver transplantation helps to shorten the UNOS
waiting list and allow another patient on that list to benefit from liver
Breeze is an online program from Lahey to help facilitate organ donations from living donors.