It’s in the organ’s name — you can’t live without a liver. For patients in need of a liver transplant — whether it be from acute or chronic liver failure, cancer, or metabolic diseases — a transplant can mean the difference between life and death.
“When it comes to liver failure, time is crucial – 24 hours can make all difference between life and death,” said Thiago Beduschi, MD, chief of the division of transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery and director of UF Health’s abdominal transplant program. “It all happens very fast, and you need to act quickly.”
If surgery were gymnastics, a triple-organ transplant would be a feat worthy of the Olympics. It has everything: Complex and intricate procedure? Check. Frequency of pre-existing conditions that can increase risk? Check. Prerequisites of flawless technique and seamless intraoperative collaboration? Check and check. Rarely performed? Also check.
Allen Korson went from a kidney stone ailment to needing a multiorgan transplant, both lungs and a liver, one of the rarest procedures performed in the United States due to its complexity.