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Colleen Young, Connect Director (@colleenyoung)

What ways you can help when you can’t be a living donor?

Transplants | Last Active: Oct 17, 2019 | Replies (11)

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@keggebraaten

@luckonetj and @rosemarya, Thanks for asking this question! At Mayo Clinic, someone who has had a transplant is not able to be a living donor. The effects of immunosuppression would rule that person out as a donor. This answer may differ at other transplant centers, but I have not heard of a center that would allow a recipient to be a living donor. On the plus side, anyone, regardless of their medical history, can register to be a deceased donor. At the time of death, the doctors would determine if organs are able to be used for transplant. If anyone is interested, visit https://registerme.org/ for more information.

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@keggebraaten Hi Kristin, while I know my kidneys will not be able to be transplanted as a deceased donor, other organs may be viable. I have had "donor" on my driver's license for many decades, am registered, and even put it in my medical power of attorney. My husband is a kidney recipient, and commented he always had the "donor" designation, but never thought he would be in a position to receive an organ.
Ginger

@keggebraaten I asked my transplant surgeon about this, if my liver could be re-transplanted when I die. He said it is rare but possible. I figure that at this time my liver is only 37 years old and very well taken care of so I would love to think if I go someone else could benefit. I know a lot about my donor and this liver has always been well cared for.
JK