Can a donated organ be used by anyone that needs it?

There must be certain compatibility or a ‘match’ between the giver and receiver. The most important criteria is:

  • The blood group must be the same (blood group compatibility)
  • The person’s height and weight is same or similar (for heart, lung, and liver transplants)
  • That immunological conditions allow transplants

If necessary, blood type can be reviewed in both liver and kidney transplants. In some instances, the liver can be divided into two parts and be transplanted to two patients. In liver transplants for children, an adult liver is always divided due to space limitations. In kidney transplants there are certain requirements for tissue compatibility