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To donate part of your liver, you must:
If you want to help a child on the liver transplant waitlist, contact the UPMC Liver Transplant Program at 833-514-5999.
The first step in the living-liver donation process is having an evaluation conducted by the UPMC liver transplant team.
This process helps make sure you have a compatible blood type with the child and your liver is functioning normally.
Your assessment will also include:
With adult-to-child liver donation, transplant surgeons only need about 25% of your liver based on the child's size. The liver can regenerate, or regrow to its normal size, often within weeks after surgery.
Surgery for living-liver donation requires general anesthesia and takes about five to seven hours.
During surgery, transplant team members will prep the recipient to receive a part of your liver. Once the surgeon removes part of your liver, it will be transported by ambulance to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and transplanted into the child.
If you're a parent donating part of your liver to your child:
Our goal is to return you to your child as quickly and safely as possible.
Everyone heals at a different rate. Your transplant team will work with you on a custom treatment plan to meet your recovery needs.
When you go home, continue to take it easy. Most people return to work about two months after surgery, depending on the physical demands of their job.
You'll also have routine follow-up appointments at about six months, one year, and two years after surgery.
There are many benefits to living donation. Living donors can:
Like any surgery, living donation does pose some risks. Complications requiring further surgery or ongoing treatment are rare, but can happen.
Possible risks of living-donor liver transplant surgery may include:
At UPMC, our goal is to make sure you and the child understand what's happening each step of the way.
At the hospital, you'll have access to:
To learn more about donating your liver to a child, contact the UPMC Liver Transplant Program. Call 833-514-5999, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or sign up to be a living donor.
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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Interested in giving to Children's Hospital? Support the hospital by making a donation online, joining our Heroes in Healing monthly donor program, or visiting our site to learn about the other ways you can give back.