Friday, August 13, 2010

Another live liver donation tragedy

Live liver donation remains much more dangerous than kidney donation: Donor dies after live liver transplant at CU Hospital

AURORA, Colo. - A man who agreed to donate part of his liver to help save his brother died just four days after the transplant procedure at The University of Colorado Hospital.

"It's the first death of a living liver donor in Colorado and only the fourth in the U.S.

"The death has led to a temporary halt of all live donor liver transplants at The University of Colorado Hospital. The hospital has also launched an investigation into what went wrong.

"It has reported the death to the Colorado Department of Public Health, which is conducting its own investigation.

"Ryan Arnold, 34, of Watertown, South Dakota died on August 2nd, just four days after his brother, Chad, 38, of Castle Rock, received part of his liver. "

There was an earlier death this year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A recent Hopkins/UNOS publication noted there were 25 kidney donor deaths in 15 year--where are these stories? Where is the outcry? 4 liver lobe donor deaths in 15 years and we have heard of every one. These are major surgeries with potential for catastrophic results. Once again, my heart is heavy for a widow and her family.