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Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Details about the living liver donor program and potential risks.
Becoming a Living Liver Donor

Program Introduction

Living donor liver transplantation offers an alternative when time matters. Cleveland Clinic's Living liver donor program is the only one in Ohio performing both adult and pediatric living-donor liver transplants.

Cleveland Clinic Performs its First Laparoscopic Living Donor Surgery for Liver Transplants

Cleveland Clinic Performs its First Laparoscopic Living Donor Surgery for Liver Transplants

Cleveland Clinic has successfully performed the Midwest’s first purely laparoscopic living donor surgery for liver transplantation in an adult recipient. The advanced procedure is available at only a few hospitals worldwide, and Cleveland Clinic is the second U.S. academic medical center to offer this approach for living donor liver transplantation.

Risks of Living Donor Donation

Risks of Living Donor Donation

Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN, liver transplant clinical nurse, explains the possible risks involved from a living liver donor transplant.

Considerations Before Donating

Considerations Before Donating

Annette Humberson, LISW-S, transplant social worker at the Cleveland Clinic, talks about what to consider before becoming a living liver donor.

Liver Assessment

Liver Assessment

Christiano Quintini, MD, liver transplant Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, explains the decision to become a living liver donor begins with an evaluation to make sure that your liver is normal and large enough.

Living Donor Procedure

Living Donor Procedure

Federico Aucejo, MD, liver transplant surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, discusses what to expect as a living liver donor.

Living Liver Donor Evaluation

Living Liver Donor Evaluation

Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN, liver transplant clinical nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, explains the evaluation phases of becoming a living liver donor.

Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Abraham Aviv with his daughter Shiri and her boyfriend, Nikko. (Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic)

Minimally Invasive Transplant Surgery is Transformative for Living Liver Donor’s Recovery

Oct 30, 2019

“He’s young, strong -- who would want to do this? But he insists. He says, ‘You need it. And I’m ready.’”
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Debbie Gump and her son Dylan

Son Donates His Liver to Save Mother’s Life

Mar 26, 2019

“I wasn’t scared. I had met the team and the surgeon and trusted them. I knew I was in good hands. My mom didn’t ask me, I just said I’d do it. Anybody would do anything for their mom. I felt lucky that I had a chance to help her.”
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Adam Levitz liver transplant recipient and Rabbi Ephraim Simon living liver donor

Rabbi Donates Second Organ to Stranger, Saves Dying Father of Three

Feb 11, 2019

"Being a donor is my way of thanking God that I can bring a husband back to his wife, a father back to his children."
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