received a medal from BC Transplant for donating half of his liver to his brother, Stan, in 2001. Stan had been diagnosed with liver cancer.On Monday, Tom Clark
The brothers made history for being the first living-donor transplant pair in British Columbia. Since then, 38 similar — and similarly complex — operations have been done at Vancouver General Hospital.
BC Transplant outlines the basic facts of live donor liver transplantation:
"In a live donor liver transplant, a portion of liver is surgically removed from a live donor (approximately one half) and transplanted into a recipient, immediately after the recipient's liver has been entirely removed. Live donor liver transplantation is possible because the liver, unlike any other organ in the body, has the ability to regenerate, or grow. Both sections of the liver regenerate within a period of 4 to 8 weeks after surgery."
Dr. Eric Yoshida, head of gastroenterology of the University of British Columbia spearheaded Monday's Gift ofRead More »from B.C. man receives award for donating half his liver to his brother