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More than 12,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a liver transplant, and 1 in 5 of those on the national waiting list will die or become too sick before an organ becomes available. Due to the shortage of available deceased donor organs, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is expanding its living liver donation program. While living donors traditionally have been people who know the recipient, such as a family member or friend, the Mayo Clinic program now include non directed and paired donation options.
On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Timucin Taner, a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon, discusses the process of living liver donation and shares information on becoming an organ donor.
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