Jack and I have been best friends for ten years! We met when we were 18 years old at Plymouth State University. I was struggling at PSU when we meet. I was far from home and my family. Jack made Plymouth feel like home. He pushed me to explore NH. We went for drives and hikes. He introduced me to rock climbing and kayaking. His passion for the outdoors and his kindness toward everyone are unmatched.
Over the past 6 years, I have noticed changes in Jack. I have noticed his ability to enjoy the outdoor activities he once loved has changed. He gets tired very easily. He doesn't have the strength he had. He has been forced to give up surfing, climbing, hiking, and many other passions.
A transplant would change Jack's world. He would be able to get back into woods and waves. He would have the energy to live his life.
A transplant would allow Jack and I to move forward in our life together. He can start living life!
Jack is one of the kindest people I know. He deserves to live his life to the fullest. He deserves a new liver. A transplant would forever change things for him. I know that being a donor can be a difficult decision, but I also know that Jack would not waste an opportunity to move forward in his life. Please do
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Medical expenses for living organ donors are 100% covered, and inquires from potential donors are 100% confidential! Contact the Transplant Center to learn more about living donation.More Donor FAQs
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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After five years of searching, a liver transplant is an opportunity to live the life we love, unencumbered by end stage liver disease.