Who Can Be a Living Donor

Living donation is a lifesaving procedure that gives hope to children on the liver transplant waiting list. As a donor, you can donate a piece of your liver and it will grow back in months. By becoming a living donor, you’re helping reduce the transplant waiting list and giving a child a second chance at life.

Living donors can include:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Altruistic donors

Potential living liver donors should:

If you are interested in becoming a living donor, you will be carefully evaluated to make sure you can safely donate and are the best medical match for the person to whom you are donating to. Approximately one in four people are determined to be suitable for living-liver donation.

A healthy donor must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 55
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Have a BMI less than or equal to 32
  • Not engage in active ongoing drug or substance abuse
  • Have an unselfish desire to contribute to another person’s life in a healthy way
  • Be in good general health and have no history of:
    • Liver disease, including cirrhosis and hepatitis
    • Significant diseases involving the other organs — lung, kidney, and heart
    • Pulmonary hypertension
    • HIV
    • Active malignant cancers

Rocco Mastramico: A Life Saved

As a baby, doctors diagnosed Rocco Mastramico with biliary atresia, a rare and incurable disease that is the leading cause of liver transplantation in children. When Rocco’s parents, Chris and Diane, learned that their son needed a liver transplant they were shocked, confused, and terrified.

“It hits you really hard when you find out that your son needs a transplant,” says Chris. “But, we knew we were in the right place with the right people.”

Thanks to his family and his father’s decision to become his living liver donor, Rocco is a healthy and energetic five-year-old. He loves sports and plays baseball and hockey. He’s also learning how to swim!