Hi, Lucy! You'll have to let us know how "the talk" goes. There are far fewer live donor transplants done than cadaver ones, primarily because of the risk to the donor. WG, that "reason" doesn't make sense...if that were the case, there wouldn't be any transplants at all. The fact is that if someone has liver disease because of alcoholism, yes, if one continues to drink then the new liver would eventually fail as well. That is why they have such stringent rules regarding drinkers and transplant. If a person has hep C, a transplant doesn't cure the virus. It's in the system. So over time it will affect the new liver, unless hep C treatment is initiated.
The live donor idea is sometimes considered for recipients who have not had much sobriety, who otherwise would not be a candidate for transplant.
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