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.