Patients and Parents

Having a child with a chronic illness who needs a liver transplant can be a stressful situation. You can be confident that at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, your child will receive care from our world-renowned transplant team.

We are one of few centers to offer adult-to-child living-donor transplantation. This procedure opens up the donor pool for patients. For eligible children, it's one more avenue to pursue.

Focus on Quality of Life

Children's Hospital is truly focused on the quality of life of children who undergo transplant. It's a big deciding factor in recommending transplant and it's our primary goal after surgery — to give your child the experience of childhood.

Our specialists work together in a team environment. We have professionals to support parents and their child with all their needs, including medical, emotional, spiritual, financial, psychosocial, and educational. By working in a team environment, all the specialists who care for your child will be aware of his or her unique situation.

Getting Started with Living-Donor Transplant

The primary benefit of living-donor liver transplant is that it reduces wait times and gives your child more options. By finding a living donor, your child can have surgery before his or her disease progresses further. You also have the convenience of scheduling your child's surgery at a time that's suitable for your family as well as the donor.

Your child must be eligible for a deceased donor liver transplant before you can discuss living-donor transplant. To begin the transplant process, you will need a referral from your child's doctor. Once accepted into the Children's Transplant Service, you will be able to speak with a transplant coordinator who will guide you through the process.

At Children's Hospital, our medical professionals will look into living-donor transplant whenever possible to provide the best outcomes for all our patients.

If living donation is a possibility, the next step is to talk to people you know about donating. Sometimes parents or immediate family members are a match, but it's not always the case. Be prepared to share your experience and talk to people about your family's needs. We are here to help you with those conversations.

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