Frequently Asked Questions

Directed Donation Info

I know a loved one who has recently passed or is on life support.  How do I direct the liver organ donation to Ben?

Every hospital region has an organ donation advocacy group who will approach a family when someone they love is on life support or has been in an accident where death is imminent.  The family of the patient needs to notify a member of the advocacy group that they wish to donate the patient’s liver to Ben Chatraw, who is listed at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida and at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas  If you need to speak to someone about the process, please call (302) 536-8607.

A Living Donor Donation Is Possible

I am interested in being a donor for Ben. Where do I start?

First and foremost.  Research what is involved in a liver donation.  It is a serious commitment.  You can see the following video from the Hospital where the living donor procedure will be performed.

What is the initial criteria to be a possible donor for Ben?

Blood Type = O.  You must know your blood type, and it must match Ben’s. (Ben’s is Blood Type O) If you do not have Type O, then you are not able to be a candidate.

Note: Giving blood to verify blood type would disqualify you in the short run from participating in the transplant process, due to recovery time.

Age:  The donor should be between the ages of 18 and 60.

How much of my liver will be removed from me?

Between 50 and 60%. The liver is the only organ in the human body that regenerates. Two to three months following the procedure, all of your liver will have grown back. People run marathons; women have babies after a live donor liver transplant.

Are there any long-term issues to the donor after having this procedure?

No, studies show that most people, after having been a living donor, return to normal life without any drawbacks. The scar (abdominal scar) is likely the most apparent reminder of the surgery.

Who pays for the live donor process?

Ben’s insurance would pay all costs of the live donor process and surgery; however, the donor must have major medical insurance in the event they discover something about the donor that may have been previously undetected. The physical exam leading up to a live donation is likely much more extensive and invasive than any other exam under normal living conditions.

How long does it take for a live donor to recover?

Usually between four to six weeks. By eight to twelve weeks, life is usually totally back to normal.

I am a match and have additional questions.  Who do I contact?

If you are a match or have follow-up questions or concerns, please contact Van Chatraw at: (302) 536-8607; or fill out the contact form.


Financial Donation To The Family

I would like to make a financial donation to the family.  How do I do that?

The advocacy group has setup a bank account on behalf of the Chatraw family.  Go To Donation Page