Rh factor has nothing to do with transplant - only blood donation and should not affect the outcome at all.
I am so sorry that your husband has passed. This must be such a difficult time for you. To be honest, I have no idea if my cousin and I matched as far as Rh was concerned. All I know is that she was an O, I was an A, and we were a 1 out 6 antigen match. And we are both doing well.
Thanks for your response....He was soooo good for about 2 weeks then began to not be able to eat and developed blood clots (the size of walnuts) in both legs. He never had ascites before transplant and after he had to be tapped weekly for 2-6 liters of fluid. It has been a very hard time to get through...he was only 44 years old. What we thought was going to be such a wonderful experience turned into a nightmare! I am just looking for answers and there probably is none...again thanks.
Hi Tiff. Here is a link from the AAKP (American Association of Kidney Patients) that talks about the Rh factor in the "Blood Type Matching" section that discusses how Rh, while a part of blood, is not a part of the kidney, so has no bearing. The article is on kidney transplant matching.
The question that keeps haunting me is he had an O negative organ and was transplanted with an O positive organ....with all the vessels and arteries in the liver to me the Rh factor would be important. His MD had no answers...they tested weekly for rejection and there was none. In fact he had been to the MD that day. He fell in the bathroom around midnight and I couldn't get him up. Paramedics came to help get him back to bed. He was weak and frail from about 40 lb weight loss. When I woke up for work the next day he was barely breathing....paramedics could not revive him.
But I have to go along with the other comments: Rh factor only affects red blood, not tissue. So there is no Rh factor for tissue, no such thing really as an Rh or Rh- organ.
While there is no way to be sure without autopsy, I'd probably look to the overall weakened condition, or possibly to an unseen but traumatic injury from the fall. It really does not take much of a hit to the head or neck to cause a devastating blood clot.
Obviously all this is just guesswork after the fact. So there may never be a solid answer for you. I'm sorry.
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