A liver transplant operation is life-saving surgery for patients with end stage liver disease. It is also performed for some patients with primary liver cancer and children with metabolic diseases (affecting the chemical processes within the body).

Where a child is involved, living donors are normally a close relative, with parents being the most usual donors. Grandparents or siblings may be considered depending upon their age. Aunts, uncles and other family members or close friends may also be able to donate. 

The average waiting time for a liver transplant (from a deceased donor) for children is 74 days (2.5 months) but for some children the wait can be between 12 to 18 months.