Liver Transplant Resources
Preparing to Come to the HospitalPackard Kids Connection is an engaging, interactive Web site for children ages 5-12 to learn what it’s like to come to the hospital. Entirely child-centered, the site is filled with interactive games and demonstrations, including what to pack, what to wear, step-by-step demonstrations of common tests and treatments, and introductions to the many people at the hospital.
Surgeries are performed in the Ford Family Surgery Center. The Center is a state-of-the-art surgical facility designed specifically for children. Learn more about the Center and how to prepare for your child's surgery.
- A window-seat bed in hospital rooms for a parent to spend the night
- Cooking and laundry facilities for parents
- Family support by social services professionals, language interpreters and chaplains
- Recreation therapy and on-site school programs for patients and siblings
- A library with recreational books for children
- Health education resources for parents
- A closed-circuit television system broadcasting special programs for children in the hospital
- Wireless Internet access for your laptop or mobile device
Families who have already been through transplantation help new families who are facing this long and difficult process. Families attend training and discussion sessions on the following topics:
- Before transplant
- Becoming a partner
- Helping during painful procedures
- Navigating the insurance maze
- After transplant
- Family plan for the transplant
- Family plan for care
Where to Stay / About the Local AreaFor families coming from outside the Bay Area, the Ronald McDonald House provides a temporary living option within walking distance of Packard Children's Hospital while your child recovers from transplant surgery. Our social worker can assist with other temporary living arrangements to make your family’s stay as comfortable and worry-free as possible. A shopping center is within walking distance of both the Ronald McDonald House and Packard Children's. Free public transportation is available through Stanford University, making most of the Palo Alto area easily accessible.
View more lodging and dining information.
Insurance and Financial AssistancePlease contact Rebecca Sullivan at (650) 497-8008 for insurance questions and financial assistance. You can also visit the insurance and financial information area of this Web site.
Information about Liver TransplantsYou can find additional information about liver transplantation at these Web sites:
- American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
- Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) - Helps arrange funding for transplant expenses
- Coalition on Donation
- The Transplant Foundation - Grants for immunosuppressive drug users
- Stanford Health Library
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