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Living-Donor Liver Transplants: Save a Life

More than 14,000 Americans are currently on the liver transplant waiting list. Many of these people will wait for a transplant for years allowing his or her disease to progress and health to decline until it could be too late. 

As a living donor, you can be the life-saving solution to getting these individuals off of the waiting list and back to being healthy.

With a living-donor liver transplant, you can donate a portion of your liver, and it will regenerate, or grow back, in months.

» Read on UPMC HealthBeat: Can You Live Without Your Liver?

Become a Living Donor

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, you will b​e carefully evaluated​ to make sure you can safely donate.

» Living-Liver Donation: Your 5 Biggest Questions Answered​ 

A healthy donor must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 55
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Not engage in active ongoing drug or substance abuse
  • Have an unselfish desire to contribute to another person's life in a healthy way
  • Have no history of:
    • Liver disease, including cirrhosis and hepatitis B or C
    • Significant diseases involving the lung, kidney, or heart
    • Pulmonary hypertension
    • HIV
    • Active malignant cancers

Why Choose UPMC’s Liver Transplant Program

Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., the UPMC Liver Transplant Program is part of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute and is one of the oldest and largest in the United States allowing us to treat some of the most complex cases. When it comes to living-donor liver transplants, we are one of the top and most experienced programs in the country. 

At UPMC, we believe in the life-saving power of living donation so we discuss it with every patient being evaluated for a liver transplant even if you have been deemed high-risk and have been turned down for a transplant at another center. ​

​If you or your potential donor do not live near Pittsburgh, Family House​ offers affordable lodging for liver transplant patients, potential donors, and family members.​​

Living Donor Advocate 

As a living donor, you will be assigned an independent living donor advocate to support you throughout the process, answer any questions, explain the risks and rewards, and voice any of your concerns to the liver transplant team.​

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