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American Liver Foundation and UPMC Launch New Live Organ Donation Video Series

Animated videos as part of the Joint Living Donor Liver Transplant Information Center

FAIRFIELD, NJ, September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Liver Foundation and UPMC have launched a new five-part animated video series to help liver transplant patients find a living donor. A recent addition to a comprehensive Living Donor Liver Transplant Information Center launched in 2020, the newly created video series helps patients and families easily understand the steps they can take to help find a donor. living.

New 60-second videos include: Living Donor Liver Transplant: An Overview, Sharing Your Story on Social Media, Tips for Sharing Your Story, Tips for Keeping People Interested in Your Story, and Other Ways to Share your story. A comprehensive toolkit with information and educational resources for donors and recipients is also available in the Living Donor Liver Transplant Information Center.

“The harsh reality of liver transplantation is that we simply don’t have enough organs for all the people who need them, but we know that if a living donor is available, we don’t have to wait for the patient is at the top of the waiting list,” said Abhinav Humar, MD, division chief of transplant surgery at UPMC. “Each year, more than 2,000 patients die while on the waiting list, and others are taken off the list because they become too ill to have the operation. On average, patients receive one living donor liver within three months, while others may have been on the deceased donor list for a year or more.”

“As diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) become more common, the need for liver transplantation will continue to grow,” said Lorraine Stiehl, CEO of the American Liver Foundation. “Our goal is to help patients and families understand how to find a living donor and this new series of videos, combined with our other robust resources, makes that process a little easier.”

With Living Donor Liver Transplant, a donor can donate part of their liver to the patient. The liver is the only organ that can grow back, so a part is enough for the transplant. Before donating, the donor’s doctor will perform tests, including blood tests and physical and psychological exams, to make sure the donor is a match and well enough for surgery. For the transplant, a donor will spend about a week in the hospital and within two to three months their liver will return to its normal, functional size, just like the liver of the newly transplanted patient. For more information, visit

ALF and Transplantation
Advancing transplantation as an available treatment option for liver patients is a priority for ALF. We are trying to solve this problem by focusing on four areas: public awareness, public policy, professionals and patients.

  • For public awareness, in addition to the information available at and through the Living Donor Liver Transplant Information Center, ALF regularly hosts educational webinars for patients and families. ALF also has a helpline at 1-800-465-4837 and live chat with information specialists available to answer questions about liver disease prevention, diagnosis and options. treatment, such as transplantation. ALF can direct callers to local services in their area, help them learn about clinical trials, and help callers find doctors. Interpretation services are also available for non-English speakers.
  • In public policyALF works to advance transplantation through our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, supporting the Living Donor Protection Act which seeks to break down barriers to living donation, and through our summer advocacy campaign, Lend Your Voice.
  • ALF has also formed a working group on healthcare transplantation professionals and liver transplant experts to examine how to increase the number and access to living donor liver transplants, remove barriers, use lessons learned from live kidney transplant successes, and encourage innovation.
  • Similarly, ALF has a working group on transplantation composed of the patients examine barriers faced by patients and caregivers during transplantation, the learnings of which will be incorporated into future patient programs and related transplant strategies.

About liver disease:
Your liver is essential to your life. It is the largest solid internal organ in the body. It is about the size of a football and weighs around 3–3.5 pounds (1.36–1.59 kg). It is located on your right side, just below your rib cage. The liver performs many vital functions including filtering toxins from your blood, managing blood clotting, providing bile to digest fats, storing sugar for energy, converting extra glucose into glycogen, manufacturing protein for blood plasma and aid in digestion.

There are many types of liver diseases and conditions, the most common being hepatitis viruses, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), autoimmune diseases, genetic diseases, cancer and others. More than 100 million people in the United States have some form of liver disease. About 4.5 million American adults (1.8%) have been diagnosed with liver disease. But an estimated 80 to 100 million adults in the United States have fatty liver disease, and many are unaware they have it. Research estimates that fatty liver disease is present in up to 75% of overweight people and in over 90% of people with severe obesity. Globally, it affects one billion people. In 2020, 51,642 adults in the United States died from liver disease (15.7 per 100,000 population). Find more information about liver disease.

About UPMC
A $24 billion health care provider and insurer, PittsburghParis-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective and responsible care. The largest non-governmental employer in PennsylvaniaUPMC incorporates more than 92,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 800 medical practices and outpatient sites, and an Insurance Services Division with more than 4 million members, the largest medical insurer in the west Pennsylvania. Over the past fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.5 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care for the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other healthcare facility, and has paid more than $900 million in federal, state and local taxes. Working closely with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of health sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. American News consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s top hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its honor roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, visit

About the American Liver Foundation
The American Liver Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization focused solely on promoting liver health and preventing disease. The American Liver Foundation accomplishes its mission in the fight against liver disease by funding scientific research, education of healthcare professionals, advocacy, education and support programs for patients and their families, and public awareness campaigns on liver wellness and disease prevention. The mission of the American Liver Foundation is to promote education, advocacy, support services, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease. For more information, visit or call: 1 800 GO LIVER (800-465-4837).

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SOURCE American Liver Foundation