Halachic Organ donor Society, 3926 W. Touhy Ave, Suite #365, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712-1028. Phone: 646-599-3895, Email: office@hods.org

What are the risks?

Before making the decision to become a living lung donor, you should familiarize yourself with the risk involved so you can make a fully educated and informed decision

  • 1 in 20 chance of having minor complications such as:
    • pain
    • bleeding
    • prolonged fluid leak
    • prolonged air leak
    • infection
    • irritation of the heart
  • All general anesthetics and surgery have some risk and removal of a lung lobe for cancer has a mortality rate of about one per cent.
  • If the donor develops severe chest infection or lung cancer he/she will have less lung tissue in reserve
  • 1 in 10,000 chance of dying during or immediately after the surgery

Read the following 3 articles about the risk of live lung donation:

A Decade of Living Lobar

Lung-living Related Transplantation

Transplantation Using Lung Lobes from Living Donors


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