A member of Milford Medical & Aesthetic Care and Dr Paul Fischer's team needs our help. Linda Riso, Dr. Fischer's second in command for over 20 years, needs to be matched with a liver donor. MVI works very closely with this team and it breaks our heart to hear of the struggle Linda has endured over the last few years. If you or someone you know has ever considered being a living donor, please follow this link: LINDA NEEDS A LIVER DONOR.
More About Live Liver Donation
Liver transplantation has been accepted as a life-saving treatment and standard of care for many forms of end-stage liver disease since the early 1980s. Initially, all liver transplants used deceased donor livers. As the number of patients awaiting transplantation began to increase, the number of deceased donors could not meet the demand for livers across the United States. To meet these demands, living donor liver transplantation was developed. Technical advances in liver surgery, as well as the liver's tremendous ability to regenerate, have made this procedure a life-saving reality.
Can I be a living donor?
If a liver transplant candidate is eligible to receive from a living donor, then a family member, relative or close friend can be considered for donation. There are several requirements to becoming a living donor, which include:
Donor must be in good physical and mental health
Donor must be between the ages of 18 and 60
Donor must have a body mass index (BMI) that is less than 35
Donor must have a compatible blood type with the recipient
Donor must be free from the following:
Significant organ diseases (i.e., heart disease, kidney disease, etc.)
Ongoing malignancy (cancer)
Active or chronic infections
Active substance abuse
Living donors also need a strong support system to rely on for emotional and physical needs during recovery.