Toronto’s University Health Network has achieved a North American first thanks to an anonymous living liver donation.

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As Caryn Lieberman reports, two lives were saved with the potential to help many more.

In 2017, Muhammad Khan was feeling breathless, so he visited the emergency room.

At the hospital, doctors examined him and determined that his liver wasn’t working properly — he had non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis. “Then they told me that there’s no other way out other than to get a liver transplant, because my liver was going in a state of failure,” he said.

His wife, Hina Khan, said the news was shocking for the whole family.


“The doctor advised him to do the liver transplant but the waiting time was very long,” she said. “So we were on the list and the doctor told us that it would take three to four years.”

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