I don't know if I read it in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review articles or elsewhere, but a recent study was done on the use of Hep C infected livers for transplant. It concludes that those of us who can't be treated for Help C until after a transplant can expect as good of an outcome with a good, infected liver as an uninfected liver. Does anyone have any more information on this?
Based on this, people with Hep C are now urged to donate their livers for transplant. If the study is correct, this should add more donated livers to the transplant stream and free up more non-infected livers to the general transplant population by allowing us Hep C'ers to accept the good, infected livers. As more people discover their Hep C infection, and the need for transplants increases, this could be a very good finding.
Also, if you are interested in the outcome statistics for a particular transplant clinic, the anticipated success rates and actual success rates are listed on the UNOS web site (http://unos.org/). As the Pittsburgh articles point out, the statistics are somewhat misleading since there is no breakout of difficulty factors. So some of the clinics that take on the tough cases may show an unrealistically low success rate. But since these numbers are what the insurers use to determine their 'preferred clinics', it offers some insights on why and where they push patients.
My thoughts and prayers are with you with the disease and with you caregivers, who daily face the awful situations our disease causes.
Be well, John
I have to get up the creek! Now where's that paddle?