Did you know?
Because adult liver donation is relatively new, and the only way to know how much has grown is to take expensive pictures via MRIs or CAT scans, transplant specialists don't have a lot of data to go on. To rectify that, nine leading transplant centers across the country, including NMH, are conducting a study of live liver donors. Over ten years, 1,700 adult liver donors from those centers will have an MRI scan three months after surgery, and volumes and sizes will be recorded. I have volunteered to participate, and I'll have my scan in mid April. Based on results so far (four years into the study), the NMH transplant team said about 98% of all participants had fully regrown livers at the three-month mark.
Not coincidentally, the three-month anniversary of T-day also serves as the first day I can enjoy a beer or glass of wine again. Revel in the miracle of life!