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How do livers become available for use in a transplant?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 21 years experience
Caring people: Livers become available if a person or their family decides to donate them. A piece of the liver can be used if the donor is alive. They undergo an involved operation to remove half of their liver to give to someone. In a deceased donor transplant, organs are removed immediately after death. The donor or their family has made a decision to offer these gifts and if the organs are healthy...
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 21 years experience
Continued: They are used for transplant.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
General Surgery 28 years experience
Liver transplant : The majority come from deceased organ donors who donate them. It is also possible to take a portion of the liver from a living donor for tranplantation.

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