"They will not transplant a bad liver just one with minor issues, remember the liver is the only forgiving organ so minor issues still have a high success rate."
Sue, if they have a liver with hep C, they will offer it to a patient with hep C. I don't consider this a "minor issue," but a transplant does not rid the body of hep C if one has it. It is in the blood stream and would likely come back after transplant, even with a pristine liver. (This is what happened to David.) Given that it takes years for hep C to cause problems, and one can also be treated for it, it makes sense for a hep C patient with ESLD to accept a liver with hep C if no other is available and it's a matter of life and death.
I know that Mayo has the shortest wait time in the country for a liver, and part of the reason for this is that they use less than pristine livers at times (with patient approval, of course.)
Thanks for the excellent explanation of how the transplant process works.
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