I hope everyone is doing well! I have a two part question regarding living donor transplants. Over the past few weeks I have been undergoing the evaluation process at 2 of the hospitals in my area to be placed on the transplant list. While going through the meetings with the team (surgeons,dietician,hepatologist…) one of the options discussed was having a living donor. Doctors at one hospital strongly felt that a live liver transplant was the best option for me. Due to the large number of people waiting for a transplant in this area it is likely that I will be waiting for several years for a traditional transplant, all the while the disease will be continuing to progress. They feel as though the earlier the transplant the better, and they don’t want to miss this window of opportunity where my body will be able to endure the surgery and recover quicker while I am some what healthy. I already had some knowledge about this kind of transplant and I have my reservations about allowing a family member to make such a risky sacrifice. My questions are?
- Has anyone received a living donor transplant?
- Have any of you been given the recommendation to consider this form of transplant?
I appreciate any feedback, P.S. My sister is adamant about being the one to give and has scheduled her testing to ensure that she is a match.