Center: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (PAPT)
Organ: LI: Liver
|Center Activity (01/01/2005-12/31/2005)||Center Data|
|Deceased donor transplants (n=number)||186|
|Living donor transplants (n)||36|
|On waitlist at start (n)||342|
|On waitlist at end (n)||338|
|Number of new patient registrations (n)||290|
|Transplant rate among waitlist patients||0.67|
|Transplant rate (from deceased donors) among waitlist patients||0.56|
|Alive on waitlist one year after listing (%)||22|
|Died on waitlist without transplant within one year after listing (%)||8.2|
These are some sobering figures for me. Granted they are for the recipient whereas I am the donor.
One of the items that came up repeatedly during my psych visit was the very real possiblity for depression after I undergo the liver donation. Since this is an elective surgery for me, I will receive ZERO health benefits. On the contrary, my health will be in jeapordy. Long term issues have not been fully studied. Psychologically, financially, emotionally. Living donors currently become a bit of an after thought. If the recipient dies, and the numbers support that reality, then it will be all for naught.
I am trying to make sure that doesn't happen to me and if I can provide a path of information to others, they too will be able to make a better decision that will affect them the rest of their lives.8.2