Case Study: Transfusion-Free Live Donor Liver Transplant
Live donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is a procedure in which a living person donates a portion of his or her liver to another. The feasibility of LDLT was first demonstrated in the United States in 1989. In 1999, the USC transplant team performed the first adult-to-adult LDLT in Southern California, and the world’s first adult-to-adult LDLT without blood transfusion (see the story below). Encouraged by these results, we now offer this option as standard treatment in adults who have suitable donors.
Bill Jennings Story
Some said it could not be done. Others simply refused to attempt it. But Bill Jennings needed a liver transplant — and he needed the procedure to be performed without the transfusion of blood or blood products. Neither his end-stage liver disease, nor his religious beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness would allow for anything less. Click for more…
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