A study of living liver donors found donors were highly satisfied with the donation process. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, indicate most donors would donate again, independent of any complications from transplantation.
Hepatitis viral infection, obesity, and alcohol abuse if not treated can lead to end-stage liver disease, which requires liver transplantation for survival. However, a shortage of deceased donor organs has contributed to a large number of patients on the waiting list. In fact, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) database reported that in 2012, there were 16,000 patients on the liver waiting list, 6,878 patients were transplanted, and 6,999 died while awaiting a liver. Of those transplanted that year, 96% received a deceased donor organ and only 4% were living donor transplants. Continue reading