Boston Children's performed its first liver transplant in 1984. Since then our team has spent three decades studying and refining how liver transplants are performed in children. By improving both the medical and surgical care of liver transplant patients, Boston Children's has been a pioneer in an important field of medicine that has given thousands of children with end-stage liver disease a second chance at life.
Thanks to our work with game-changing anti-rejection medications, enhanced medical and surgical techniques and improved postoperative care and infection control, long-term survival rates now exceed 90% for children who receive a liver transplant.
But we're not satisfied to help just our patients; we want to help all patients.
In recent years Boston Children's has led the charge in researching the safety and effectiveness of split-liver transplants. We are now heading a movement that calls for changes in how donor livers are allocated, which will increase the number of split-liver transplants done each year. If successful, these efforts will help ensure that there would be a liver for virtually every small child on the waiting list, significantly reducing the number of children who die waiting for a size matched liver to become available.