Because of their small size, children in need of a liver transplant need a smaller donor liver. The transplant team at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is skilled at finding liver donor matches for children in all stages of liver failure.

After transplant surgery, our expert team goes above and beyond to work with family members and children’s schools to help them return to a normal lifestyle.

Indiana University Health Transplant was the first in Indiana to perform a liver transplant in 1988. We are proud to be one of the top programs in the nation with outstanding survival rates.

Liver Transplant Indications

Your child may be in need of a liver transplant if they have any of the following conditions:

  • Biliary atresia
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Acute hepatic necrosis
  • Autoimmune and other cirrhosis
  • Cholestatic liver diseases
  • Congenital hepatic fibrosis

Our physicians consider children for liver transplant surgery based on two conditions:

  • Would a liver transplant improve your child’s condition?
  • Will the surgery do more good than harm?

Liver Transplant Outcomes

Our children and families quickly see how our connection to the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) contributes to our ability to transplant quickly and successfully. 

For example, our liver transplant surgeons frequently travel across the country at a moment's notice to evaluate whether a liver would be appropriate for one of our patients. While organ recipients are all placed on the same national list, there is a dramatic difference in wait times at various facilities.

Because our wait times are so short, our patients often receive successful transplants before they have become extremely ill or debilitated. Learn more about our liver transplant outcomes.