Oh and for Denny (just staying on topic and all)
"The special characteristics of the human liver make living donation unique. While each of us has only one liver, it is a large, segmented organ that regenerates, allowing a surgeon to remove a portion yet have both the recipient and donor with complete livers within a matter of a few months.
Living donation has important advantages over cadaveric donation:
The waiting time for a transplant recipient can be significantly reduced.
The procedure can be scheduled at a time convenient for both the donor and recipient.
The quality of the donated organ tends to be superior to cadaveric organs.
The time between procurement of the organ and transplantation to the recipient is minimized.
While all of these things have proven valuable for living kidney donation, research has not yet clearly shown the advantages of living liver donation over cadaveric donation. Moreover, the surgery is more complex, bringing greater risk to the donor and recipient. However, graft and patient survival rates are very good. Graft (donated organ) survival results for living donors alone are not available, but results combined with cadaveric donations are:
A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?