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