There are a few posts/posters on here about liver transplants, or people with advanced liver disease who might, in the future, need to be assessed for a liver transplant.
It popped into my head, if we would be prepared to accept a liver transplant, would we also be prepared to donate our organs for transplant? Its not just livers that are transplanted, but kidneys, heart, lungs, pancreas and the small bowel can all be transplanted. Donors can also give bone and tissue such as skin, heart valves and tendons. Skin grafts have helped people with severe burns and bone is used in orthopaedic surgery.
I dont know, but assume that just because your liver is damaged it doesnt mean you dont have decent kidneys, heart, pancreas etc. Organs from patients with HIV and hepatitis are normally excluded, but can be transplanted into a patient with the same BBV. I think CJD is excluded too. Ultimately the final decision is made by the surgeon on the day of harvest/transplant.
So here's a thought. Would YOU be willing to accept a liver transplant? Then sign up to the donor register here organdonation.nhs.uk/.
I have. Would you? It only takes a few minutes and could save a few lives.