Living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is a life-saving procedure for patients on the transplant waiting list. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the complex conditions that may lead to the need for a liver transplant. The American Liver Foundation has teamed up with UPMC- pioneers and leading experts in organ transplantation- to provide an overview of the procedure, including risks and benefits for donor and recipient.
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
While KODA only works with deceased donors, living donation is a program we love and promote as well.
Living donation is completely voluntary. Being a registered organ
donor does not mean you will be called to give an organ while living.
To start the process of becoming a living donor, you must contact the
transplant center of the patient you’re donating to. After that, the
process involves rigorous health testing and matching.
There are two transplant hospitals in the state of Kentucky that have
a living donation program: Jewish Hospital in Louisville and University
of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. The two most commonly used organs
for living donation are the kidney and liver. You only need one kidney
in order to live and the liver regenerates (grows back) which makes this
type of donation possible.
You can donate at Help Hope Live to help me pay the medical cost associated with my liver disease. Donations to Help Hope Live in honor of Douglas Woods are tax deductible. You can also mail a check to Help Hope Live.