After the death of a live liver transplant donor, a Colorado hospital has temporarily suspended live donor liver transplants. The hospital has also started an investigation into the death.
This is the first time a live liver donor has lost his life and only the fourth death due to a liver transplant.
The University of Colorado Hospital first successfully performed its first live donor liver transplant in 1997. It has stopped live donor liver transplants but is still continuing other type of transplants.
The hospital has also stressed that it will take a close look at all its procedures and will do the needful changes. It has conducted 141 successful live donor liver transplants till now.
Health experts have also stressed that living donor liver transplants are very rare in the U.S. It was also pointed that more than 4,126 liver transplants have been done since 1989.
The University of Colorado Hospital has revealed that besides an internal investigation, doctors from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons will also look into this case.
The person who died, Ryan Arnold, had a heart attack after he gave a part of his liver to his brother. The exact cause of his death has still not been determined.