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Mon, Oct 7 2:32pm · Needing info on Liver Transplant for diabetic in Transplants

My 67 year-old recipient has diabetes, as well as some other health issues, and was cleared for the transplant. Her recovery has been somewhat complicated due to multiple health issues, but diabetes didn't prevent her transplant. I hope everything works out well for your grandmother!

Mon, Sep 2 9:30am · Any double donors out there: liver and kidney? in Transplants

I went to UPMC in Pittsburgh for my liver donation and have been very happy with the care there.

Mon, Sep 2 3:05am · Any double donors out there: liver and kidney? in Transplants

UVM Medical Center and Dartmouth do kidney transplants. Mass General is closest for living liver transplants.

Sun, Sep 1 6:23pm · Any double donors out there: liver and kidney? in Transplants

Thanks for the welcome, Ginger! I had a student many years ago who ultimately needed both a liver & kidney transplant. I was friends with her mom and witnessed the years of struggle that they faced. Happily, she had successful transplants and is now pursuing a career in nursing, currently working at the hospital she was treated at as a child. I know that living organ donation is not for everyone, but I feel so strongly that it is the right thing for me to do, so I strive to be informed and learn as much as I possibly can about making this a reality.

Sat, Aug 31 3:59pm · Any double donors out there: liver and kidney? in Transplants

Check out this article -“My liver, your kidney: The world’s first non-identical organ swap” (it’s in New Scientist – sorry, but they are not allowing me to post the link to it here in this reply), but it IS possible, so good for your daughter for thinking outside the box. Also, Mayo might not do it, but there are other hospitals that allow for double donation to non-related recipients (UPMC and Colorado are just 2 that come to mind).

Sat, Aug 31 10:00am · Any double donors out there: liver and kidney? in Transplants

Hi Rosemary,
Thanks, and I’m glad you had a successful transplant!
I have spoken with a transplant coordinator about this already & have already gone through the kidney evaluation process. Now it is essentially a waiting game – was just wondering if there were others at Mayo with personal experience.

Fri, Aug 30 1:14pm · Any double donors out there: liver and kidney? in Transplants

It is not as unusual as one might think. I know several liver donors who are now considering kidney donation. While it is true that many hospitals require that you know the recipient for your liver, I did lots of research and was pursuing those that allow for non-directed/altruistic donors. There are definitely far fewer hospitals that do living liver donor transplants, and even fewer that take altruistic donors. It has been my experience that there are fewer hospitals that have such restrictions for kidney donors. I am also narrowing my search to hospitals that participate in the kidney voucher program, as I do have a voucher recipient in mind. However, I would leave the decision about who gets my own kidney up to the hospital's transplant team. If you had a positive experience with your kidney donation, I would at least consider pursuing the liver donation (not sure if Mayo allows for non-directed). Good luck!

Fri, Aug 30 12:09pm · Any double donors out there: liver and kidney? in Transplants

Hi – just wondering if there are folks who have donated both part of their liver as well as a kidney. I’m about 6 weeks post liver donation and was told to wait at least a year before proceeding with a kidney donation. Anyone already done both?