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Living Liver Donation

Living liver donors are a very special group of people. Donating a liver is an extraordinary, generous act. You are giving the gift of life to someone in need. Take the first step to becoming a living liver donor, fill out our health history questionnaire. Watch this educational video on living liver donation to better understand the risks and benefits involved.

What are some good reasons to donate a portion of my liver to someone in liver failure?

  • Some people wait a long time for a liver transplant; some die waiting.
  • It is a relatively safe procedure that has been available since the late 1990s.
  • A healthy liver can grow back if a piece is removed, like the skin. The remaining portion will enlarge in the donor and the transplanted portion will enlarge in the recipient.

Living liver donors must be:

  • In excellent health with no chronic medical conditions.
  • Age 21 - 55
  • Able to understand the risks and possible complications involved with the surgery.
  • Willing to do all testing required
  • In a stable life situation and must have family or social support to help during recovery time.

University Health’s living donor liver transplantation program is recognized as a designated Center of Excellence by major health plans and organizations, including Aetna, Cigna LifeSource, LifeTrac, OptumHealth and BlueCross BlueShield Association.