The best candidates for living liver donation are family members or close, personal friends of the recipient. Liver donation is a major abdominal surgery and a serious commitment.

Living donors should meet these criteria:

  • Have an important personal relationship with the recipient
  • Come forward to donate willingly
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 55
  • Have a compatible blood type with the recipient
  • Be in excellent health
  • Not have uncontrolled high blood pressure, liver disease, diabetes or heart disease
  • Be about the same physical size as the recipient, or larger