After three liver offers, transplant date was finally scheduled on October 6, 2008

Where do transplanted organs come from?

  • From organ donors who have died (often due to an accidental injury)
  • This type of transplant is called a deceased donor transplant.
  • From living family members donating a section of their liver.
  • This type of transplant is called a living-related transplant.

How are transplanted organs allocated?

  • UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) is responsible for transplant organ distribution in the USA.
  • Criteria has been developed to ensure that all people on the waiting list are judged fairly as to the severity of their liver illness using the MELD (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) score and the associated urgency of receiving a transplant.