How does live liver donation work?
As the liver is a very regenerative organ, it is possible to donate a section of a liver which once transplanted regenerates itself to function effectively in both the donor and recipient.
Living donor liver transplants are performed in Australia, however as live liver donation is riskier than kidney donation, it is much less common. In most cases parents donate a piece of a liver to a child. Adult to adult live liver transplant is still relatively rare.
Besides being in excellent physical and psychological health, the liver donor must undergo extensive examinations and testing.
If you are considering donating a part of your liver to a friend or family member, you should contact the person's transplant hospital for more information.
We recommend talking to your transplant coordinator about their experience and success rates, which can give you critical information to help you make a decision.