Roadmap to Liver Transplants with TPAF

Patient Journey Guide

Explore information on how TPAF enables liver transplant for patients with this exhaustive patient guide


Learn how TPAF navigates a patient across
different stages during the journey to liver transplant


Assessment of Need for Liver Transplant

  • Patient presents with symptoms of disease to a healthcare practitioner
  • Physician or pediatrician prescribes diagnostic tests to confirm liver disease. There are no confirmatory tests for the need of a transplant and several tests have to be done to confirm and conclude this.
  • Patient is referred to a hepatologist or liver transplant surgeon
  • Once the need for transplant is confirmed and if the patient’s family is not able to afford the transplant, they seek financial support
  • They learn about available sources of finance for transplants from other family or community members, or hospital transplant coordinator or the doctors.

Application to TPAF

  • Patient / transplant coordinator at a partner hospital reaches out to TPAF for funding
  • If the patient requires a recommendation on the hospital, TPAF counsellor guides the patient to nearest partner hospital*.
  • Patient’s family / transplant coordinators at the chosen Liver Transplant Hospital share the Patient Application Form along with documentation for financial scrutiny and the medical history with TPAF
  • Application sent to TPAF Medical Panel


Case Examination by Medical Board & Advisory Panel

  • Medical Panel shares medical opinion on line of treatment suggested by patient’s transplant surgeon in special cases

Financial Aid for Liver Transplant for the Patient

  • Patient’s family applies for applicable Government schemes.
    Financial aid procurement by TPAF follows this route;
  • TPAF collaborates with its institutional partners to run a crowdfunding campaign
  • TPAF assures the hospital of up to INR 11.5 lakhs in case the crowdfunding campaign does not meet the target.


Liver Transplant at the Hospital

  • Patient admitted to Liver Transplant Hospital
  • Blood type matching tests to identify live-liver donor (usually a close relative)
  • Pre-operative workup for the liver donor and patient
  • Liver surgeons from perform the liver transplant surgery
  • Patient and liver donor kept under observation after liver transplant
  • Patient and donor discharged from hospital after being declared fit for release

Post Operative Care

  • Patient is advised post operative medication and blood tests as applicable
  • Liver donor is discharged and can resume work after three to six weeks
  • TPAF connects patients to institutional partner National Liver Foundation to avail support in procuring immuno-suppresive medication post-operatively
  • Regular visits for assessment by surgeon and / or hepatologists at the hospital
  • Life-long immuno-suppressive treatment continues; patient’s family makes lifestyle changes
  • If the patient recovers well, he or she is back to normal activities in four-eight months