Liver transplantation is considered for those with chronic liver disease when other forms of treatment are ineffective, or when a child or young person no longer has a good quality of life. Transplant may also be necessary for those with acute liver disease.
There are ten transplant centres in the UK. Three are specialist children's liver units:
The adult liver units are:
The transplant team consists of a large number of experienced individuals and includes doctors, nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers, play therapists, psychologists etc. Their aim in offering liver transplantation is to provide your child with an improved quality of life and for many children it is life saving.
Download CLDF's leaflet on liver transplant.
Join the organ donor register
There is always the need to increase the number of organs available for liver transplantation, particularly in children. If you want to find out more information about organ donation in the UK or how you can register to be an organ donor, visit organdonation.nhs.uk
It is also recommended that you talk to your family to make your wishes known.