My name is Brianna, I’m 21 years old and I’m painting and helping others! I’ve been diagnosed with liver failure since 2019.
I was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis in 2019, just a few months before I graduated high school. After graduation, I attended community college then eventually went to university for a year to major in pre-med! Unfortunately, in 2021 constantly being hospitalized due to my liver disease forced me to take a break from school, I was then diagnosed with cirrhosis and portal hypertension. I had to move back in with my parents and I went from growing to be independent to being entirely dependent on my family.
A transplant would mean the world to me. It would give me more energy and drive to go back to school and get a degree so I can help other people like me!
Finding a living liver donor would mean the world to me. If you or anyone you know has Type O blood, and would be willing to donate a portion of your liver to me, I will be forever grateful. If not, please share my story to help me find a donor. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my story :)
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Brianna Baker's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
Liver transplantation has been a successful treatment and standard of care for end-stage liver disease since the early 1980s.
Technical advancements in liver surgery, as well as the liver's tremendous ability to regenerate, have made living donor liver transplantation a life-saving reality.
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 15,000 await liver transplants.
Although more than 6,000 liver transplants were performed last year, over 1,700 patients died while waiting on the list.
Deceased donor livers are allocated to patients based on how sick they are, determined by their MELD score, where sicker patients receive priority.
Living donation offers patients the option of transplant before they get very sick--regardless of MELD score--significantly decreasing the time they wait for a liver.
Living donation not only saves the life of the recipient; it also frees up a liver for a patient on the waiting list who does not have that option.
The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) and Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) are numerical, objective scales that allocate available livers to the sickest patients. Patients move up the list as their scores increase.
The first living donor liver transplant took place in 1988. Since then, living donors have continued giving the gift of life and making a difference.
When a recipient has a living donor, the wait time for transplant is shorter and the transplant can be scheduled in advanced when the recipient is in good health and when it is convenient for both the donor and the recipient.
Financial burdens shouldn’t prevent the gift of life. The National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) can offer financial support for living donor travel expenses.
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