A Different Kind of Donor: Two Lives Saved, None Lost
My sister didn't want me to be in harm's way, but I didn't want her to have to wait. I wanted to help her.
I saved my sister but I also saved the person who will now get the deceased donor liver she won't need.
• One increase in diagnosis that has disturbed hepatologists is fatty liver disease. As rates of obesity have risen, so has that illness. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise are two of the first recommendations for protecting your liver.
• Avoid heavy alcohol consumption.
• Certain over-the-counter medications, taken in large doses, can stress the liver. Talk to your physician about how to be safe.
• Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis can cause serious and permanent liver damage.
• Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet and keep high-fat foods to a minimum.
• Ask your doctor about a liver function evaluation. Based on your health history, it might be appropriate.
When to See Your Doctor
• Fatigue, skin irritation, nausea and abdominal pain
• Darkened urine
• Increase in abdominal girth
• Yellowing skin and eyes
For more information about live liver transplant program at Stanford, please call 650-498-7878 or visit stanfordhospital.org/livertransplant.