Son donates to father as University of Utah performs their first live-donor liver transplant

FOX 13 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – While many organs are donated after a person passes away, University of Utah Health Care recently performed their first live-donor liver transplant.

It’s a fairly rare operation, as under four percent of all liver transplants in America are performed using live donors.

"A young, healthy donor of [his or her] own volition agrees to undergo an operation to have part of his or her liver removed, and at that very same day have it transplanted into a recipient,” said Doctor Robin Kim, Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Advanced Hepatobiliary Surgery at University of Utah Health Care.

Jason Clark said when he learned he could possibly save his father’s live, it was an easy choice. Continue reading VIDEO