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Today, because of advances in surgical techniques, a healthy adult can donate a portion of their liver to a sick adult or child and give the gift of life.
When the recipient is a child, family members are usually first to volunteer and often times a match. But in cases where a family member is not suitable, anyone can be evaluated as a potential living donor — such as a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or even an individual who is unknown to the patient, called an altruistic donor.
For an adult-to-child living-donor transplant, only about 25 percent of the liver is needed, depending on the size of the patient. This helps reduce the risks associated with transplant surgery.
The liver has a unique ability to regenerate and usually returns to its normal size within weeks following surgery. Donors are able to live healthy lives with the remaining segment.
To become a donor, you will need to undergo an evaluation at the Starzl Transplantation Institute to see if you are compatible. About 1 in 4 people evaluated are suitable for liver donation. Potential donors must be:
Liver surgery and follow up care for adult donors is performed at the Starzl Transplant Institute by UPMC's Liver Transplant Team. If you’re interested in becoming a living donor for a child on the liver transplant wait list, please contact the UPMC Liver Transplant Program today.
If you’re interested in saving a child on the liver transplant wait list, please register to be a living donor today.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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