I would imagine that if that is what is needed, and that has been the stumbling block, then these are the programs that need to be done. They typically don't just look at how well you are physically. I also had a long meeting with a social worker pre-transplant for them to determine if I was going to take care of my gift from my cousin (she gave me the kidney). Had I been obviously very casual about taking my other meds (diabetes stuff etc) they probably would have had second thoughts about allowing the transplant. I hate the term "non-compliant" but that is what they are worried about. If your family member is liable to drink excessively again after transplant, they probably will have significant reservations due to the fact that it is a big surgery and might be wasted for the donor. Sorry, but that's a harsh reality in the transplant field.
Hi Sandy. I had my transplants at the U of Mn in Minneapolis. I know that in some cases with things like liver function, they feel that the person is not a good candidate. Which of the requirements has he not been able to pass? Is it something that may get better with a bit of time?
As far as I know, the criteria for the recipient are the same whether or not you have a living donor. At least that is the way it worked at my center. I don't think it would be any different elsewhere. They make sure that you are both physically and emotionally/mentally prepared to take good care of a transplant.
You will have to talk to the transplant center to find out for sure. I had a friend who had many heart complications but eventually recovered his health enough to undergo a transplant. It is possible that you may have to wait a while until he has got his strength up again and is stable. I would talk to his coordinator and see what is going on and what they feel are the requirements for him to get back on the list (I imagine he has been de-listed with all the health issues).
Sorry but I don't really know. As a kidney patient I know that itching was caused by high phosphorus levels. Has his kidney function been checked? There aren't too many liver transplants here. I would try TransplantBuddies as there is a very large community there.
Sorry, but I can't answer your question. I would talk to the center that follows your transplant and see what they think. I don't believe that the chemicals from medical marijuana are cleared by the kidneys, but I could be wrong.
The best source of info for you is the transplant coordinator at your local transplant center. Each center has different requirements. I do know that most places have weight restrictions on the donors. My cousin had to be careful not to gain any weight because she was just at the edge when she donated. They worry about complications of the surgery when there is excess body fat. I would also talk to the social worker about what kind of help you can get for after. My friend's husband gave her a kidney and for many weeks they lived off frozen dinners supplied by family and friends. Again, due to lifting restrictions, they had someone come in and do the laundry and mow the lawn once per week while they were recuperating. It is do-able.
First of all, thank you for considering to be a donor. That is a wonderful thing. You need to talk to your Uncle's transplant center. I don't think a blood transfusion will eliminate you as a candidate, but the weight issue and anemia might. See what the donor coordinator has to say. Maybe with some intervention, you may become a suitable donor. Best of luck.
From what I remember (it's been almost 10 years since my cousin donated to me) they want you to wait a year after having a baby before you donate. At least that's what my center wanted. The anemia could be from the pregnancy/birth or is it chronic? You will need to talk to the transplant center that will do the surgery to find out for sure. Thank you for considering this. It's wonderful.
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