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Toronto hospital performs first paired liver transplant with living donors in North America

Toronto hospital performs first paired liver transplant with living donors in North America
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At the hospital, doctors examined him and determined that his liver wasn’t working properly — he had non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis . “Then they told me that there’s no other way out other than to get a liver transplant, because my liver was going in a state of failure,” he said.

His wife, Hina Khan, said the news was shocking for the whole family.

“The doctor advised him to do the liver transplant but the waiting time was very long,” she said. “So we were on the list and the doctor told us that it would take three to four years.”

But while visiting Muhammad in the hospital, she saw a poster about living organ donation, where a living person donates a kidney or part of their liver to someone who needs it. Unlike most organ donations, which are performed immediately after someone dies, a living donation is just that — performed while the donor is still alive, and they can go on to live a relatively normal life after they recover from surgery.

After learning about living donation, Hina said, “It was not even a second thought for me, I just jumped in and said, ‘Ok, I will do that.’”

Unfortunately, she didn’t have the same blood type as her husband. He needed a liver from someone with Type O blood.
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