Live Donor Transplant Debuts At The U With Son-Father Liver Donation

Daily Utah Chronicle | Carolyn Webber

Jason Clark walked into the hospital on Feb. 16 excited, donning a shirt with a liver on it and printed words saying, “Of course I’m an organ donor. Who wouldn’t want a piece of this?” About 12 hours later, he donated about 60 percent of his liver, saving his father’s life.

Jason and his father Lynn Clark participated in U Health Care’s first live liver transplant, performed by Robin Kim, chief of the Division of Transplantation and Advanced Hepatobiliary Surgery. Both Jason and Lynn are back home and recovering, and the successful transplant marks another step the U is taking to become a destination for those needing organ transplants, Kim said.

“Only four percent of all liver transplant programs in the United States are performed by live donor transplantations,” Kim said. “It puts us in the highest echelon of world-class liver transplant programs in not only the U.S., but in the world.” Continue reading