Frequently Asked Questions
Directed Donation Info
A Living Donor Donation Is Possible
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.
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.
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.
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.
Usually between four to six weeks. By eight to twelve weeks, life is usually totally back to normal.
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.
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