My mom's liver has stopped functioning. Is a transplant possible?

Posted by romero1972 @romero1972, Oct 21 10:02pm

my mom’s liver basically stopped functioning, but she still has brain waves and her kidneys are functioning well , it there a chance that she can get a liver transplant? Or is there any other option

Hi @romero1972, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a community of patients, caregivers, transplant recipients and donors. You mention that your mom "still has brain waves." Is she in ICU? Have her doctors talked to you about transplant as an option?

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I forgot to mention my mom also has hepatitis C can she still get a liver transplant? The doctor said she's not a candidate for a transplant . I appreciate everything you have answered me .

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@romero1972

I forgot to mention my mom also has hepatitis C can she still get a liver transplant? The doctor said she's not a candidate for a transplant . I appreciate everything you have answered me .

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@romero1972, I am a patient, as are all of us on Connect. We do not have the training or authority to know if your mom might qualify for a liver transplant at any time in the future.
Has your doctor said anything about her hepatitic C? I would suggest that you ask him if there is any treatment that could help her. From my experience, it is hard to catch a doctor when he has enough time to consult with family members. However, I have arranged to be present when the doctor makes his morning rounds – Sometimes it is a long wait. Another option is to contact her head nurse, and talk to her about what can be done for your mom.
@romero1972, Your mom is fortunate to have you looking out for her. Do you think that you can arrange to talk with the doctor or the nurse?

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@rosemarya

@romero1972, I am a patient, as are all of us on Connect. We do not have the training or authority to know if your mom might qualify for a liver transplant at any time in the future.
Has your doctor said anything about her hepatitic C? I would suggest that you ask him if there is any treatment that could help her. From my experience, it is hard to catch a doctor when he has enough time to consult with family members. However, I have arranged to be present when the doctor makes his morning rounds – Sometimes it is a long wait. Another option is to contact her head nurse, and talk to her about what can be done for your mom.
@romero1972, Your mom is fortunate to have you looking out for her. Do you think that you can arrange to talk with the doctor or the nurse?

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Thank you so much for your response. yes I have and all they know how to say is, that she isn't a candidate or there's nothing else they can do for her. It's all negative on their behalf. I've been trying for them to transfer her to the Mayo clinic, they keep telling me they can't do that.. I don't know why!!

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@romero1972, My heart hurts for you and for your family as you reach out to support your dear mother. I am currently dealing with a very difficult situation that involves a loved one, and out of respect for that person's privacy I am not able share any details. My emotions, eating, sleeping, etc are all affected right and I can almost feel what you must be going thru right now.
Since I did have liver failure that led to a transplant, I think I can understand what you and your mom are going thru. It is a hard fact to accept, but transplant is not a solution for everyone. It is a long hard journey, and the patient has to be free of infections and strong enough to survive a complicated major surgery. There is never a guarantee that an organ will even be available. Perhaps this is why the doctors are replying as they have been.

Romero, my big concern is your mom. What is her current condition? Is she alert, or able to eat? Is she in any pain or discomfort? Are you or a loved one able to be with her and to hold her hand?

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@romero1972

I forgot to mention my mom also has hepatitis C can she still get a liver transplant? The doctor said she's not a candidate for a transplant . I appreciate everything you have answered me .

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Hi. I have had a kidney transplant since July 2000. Both the kidney and I are keeping on keeping on (I hope). Perhaps I missed it, but has your Mother's liver failed, or is it failing? Although not a doctor, if the liver has failed then the time window in which to do a transplant is very limited. One ironclad transplant rule, at least for kidney transplants, is that a patient's body mass index (BMI) must be below 39 (I believe). BMI is calculated by using the patient's weight and height. God bless you and yours at this time.

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@rosemarya

@romero1972, My heart hurts for you and for your family as you reach out to support your dear mother. I am currently dealing with a very difficult situation that involves a loved one, and out of respect for that person's privacy I am not able share any details. My emotions, eating, sleeping, etc are all affected right and I can almost feel what you must be going thru right now.
Since I did have liver failure that led to a transplant, I think I can understand what you and your mom are going thru. It is a hard fact to accept, but transplant is not a solution for everyone. It is a long hard journey, and the patient has to be free of infections and strong enough to survive a complicated major surgery. There is never a guarantee that an organ will even be available. Perhaps this is why the doctors are replying as they have been.

Romero, my big concern is your mom. What is her current condition? Is she alert, or able to eat? Is she in any pain or discomfort? Are you or a loved one able to be with her and to hold her hand?

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Thank yuh you my mom is is not up but she moves around when we talk to her shes getting feed thru a tube . My wife and I are trying to get to Florida ASAP and my sister and nephew stay with her. We do facetime so I'm able to see her move when I'm talking to her. But the doctors still say her liver is very bad. They also say she wont make thru a liver transplant. I hope your love one gets better. My prayers to you and family.

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Godspeed on your trip to Florida and your Mom.

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@tasher3433

Godspeed on your trip to Florida and your Mom.

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Thank you so much.. and God bless all of us..

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@john1492

Hi. I have had a kidney transplant since July 2000. Both the kidney and I are keeping on keeping on (I hope). Perhaps I missed it, but has your Mother's liver failed, or is it failing? Although not a doctor, if the liver has failed then the time window in which to do a transplant is very limited. One ironclad transplant rule, at least for kidney transplants, is that a patient's body mass index (BMI) must be below 39 (I believe). BMI is calculated by using the patient's weight and height. God bless you and yours at this time.

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@john1492, Welcome to Mayo Connect. I am happy that you have joined this discussion to support one of our members. From my own experience that is the most wonderful reward of participating in the Mayo Connect discussions – to be able to use our own experience to walk with others and to lend our support.

John1492, I would like to know more about your kidney transplant experience.
Here are some discussion groups that I want to share because I think you will find them both interesting, as well as a good place to say, "Hi".

-I think that you might have some early recovery experience that would be both welcomed in this discussion by some of the newer transplant recipients. Transplants > Post Transplant Surgery and Early Recovery: What's normal? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/post-liver-transplant/

-Changes after Transplant > https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/changes-after-transplant/

– Living Life after your Transplant > https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/living-life-after-your-transplant/

John1492, Hope to see you soon.
Rosemary – liver/kidney 2009

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