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Introduction to Living Organ Don​ation

By becoming a living organ donor, you can save a life. Alberta has living donor programs for liver, kidney, and lung donation. This video will introduce you to these programs and help you take that first step in becoming a living donor.​

Becoming a living liver donor​

You can save a life by donating part of your liver. This video talks about the testing required, the surgery, the risks and benefits of becoming a living liver donor and the recovery period after surgery.

​Welcome to the transplant waitlist​

This video has important information you need to know while waiting for an organ to become available. Learn how to make sure the transplant program can reach you, what to pack to be ready for your trip to the hospital, and what you need to do while waiting for your transplant.


​Receiving the call for a transplant

You need to be ready, willing and able to accept an offer when it comes. Learn what you need to know and what you need to do when you receive the call to tell you that an organ is available.

​Islet transplant program information and process

Learn what an islet transplant is and if it’s right for you. Find out about referrals to the Islet Transplant Program and what to expect during the work-up phase before the transplant.

Islet transplant program procedure and follow-up information

Knowing what to expect when you get an islet transplant can help reduce anxiety and make you feel more comfortable. This video will help you to understand how the islet transplant happens, what the risks of the procedure are, and what happens when you go home after your transplant.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

This video tells you what you need to know about Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and your organ transplant. CMV is a common, serious infection for transplant patients. Learn about the risk of CMV, testing, symptoms, treatment, and monitoring.

Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)

This video tells you what you need to know about EBV and your organ transplant. Learn about the risk of EBV, testing, symptoms, treatment, and monitoring.

Exceptional distribution (ED)​

Exceptional distribution means that an organ might carry certain risks to the person receiving it. Based on the donor’s known history, unknown history, or testing, this type of organ may have a higher risk of spreading a disease or infection to you. The higher risks do not affect how well the organ works. Learn about exceptional distribution and what you need to know.

Increased risk donor (IRD)

An IRD is someone with risk factors that raise their chances of having certain infections, including HIV, hepatitis C virus, and hepatitis B virus. The donors test negative for these infections, but there is a time when tests can’t detect these infections. The increased risks from the donor do not affect how well the organ works. Learn about IRD organs and what you need to know.


Current as of: May 10, 2023

Author: Transplant Services, Alberta Health Services