National Kidney Registry Announces First Living Liver Donor Search Microsite

Today the National Kidney Registry announced the activation of its first microsite for a patient in need of a living liver donor. The microsite program provides free websites and hosting services for transplant patients seeking a living donor.

The National Kidney Registry launched the microsite program for kidney patients in February 2019. The program now has more than 2,000 active kidney microsites and has led to 249 kidney transplants.

“The National Kidney Registry has had tremendous success with its kidney microsite program,” said Garet Hil, NKR Founder and CEO. “Now, we are thrilled to extend the microsite program to people looking for a living liver donor, in the hopes of helping more people in need of a liver transplant.”

“Giving patients a chance to tell their story to potential living donors is a huge step forward for the more than 10,000 people currently on the waiting list for a liver transplant,” said Mary Houston, Transplant Coordinator at Penn Medicine. “Many people don’t know that it’s possible for a living person to donate a portion of their liver, and the liver microsite program will be a big help in both educating the public and giving liver patients a way to search for a living donor.”

“The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself, so living donation is an excellent option for donors and recipients alike,” explained Dr. Robert Redfield, Surgical Director of the Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program at Penn Medicine. “As with kidneys, transplants with living donor livers tend to have better outcomes and longer survival rates.”

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