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Reality: A living liver donor needs to have a compatible blood type, but not necessarily an identical blood type. Which blood types are compatible is dependent on the recipient’s blood type. In addition, anyone can receive a liver from a blood group O donor.
Reality: While living liver donor evaluations need to be performed at BIDMC, out of town donors will be considered. Given the donor’s need to travel, an expedited donor evaluation can be arranged. The surgery is performed at BIDMC and the donor is asked to stay locally for at least two weeks after discharge.
Reality: Anyone interested in considering living donation is encouraged to call the donor coordinator to learn about the donation process and complete a health history. The Donor Team will review all donor candidates to determine who is best suited to complete the donor evaluation.