Brotherly bond fuels first-ever living organ donation at Wexner Medical Center

Ultimate Gift of Life

You could call it the ultimate act of brotherly love. A brother becomes a living organ donor for his younger sibling and saves his life.

Tynan Krakoff was diagnosed with liver disease in January of 2018. A transplant was the only option for a cure. He was placed on a list to wait for a donor.

One of his siblings asked about the possibility of a living donor. As it turned out, Krakoff’s older brother, Max, was a match.

The procedure, the first performed at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center, took place September 10. Both young men are recovering well.

Surgeons said the benefits of living liver transplants include reduced wait time for surgery, no middle of the night racing to medical centers and the ability to test and examine a donor’s health history.