Paediatric Liver Transplantation in India | Best Liver Transplant Hospital for Children in India

Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre
- The Destination for Paediatric Liver Transplantation

The Guiding Force - Prof Mohamed Rela

Dr. Mohammed Rela is one of the world's leading liver transplantation surgeons and a specialist in paediatric liver transplantation.

Dr. Rela is widely acclaimed as being among the best international paediatric liver transplant surgeons in the world with many path-breaking surgeries to his credit. He is the best paediatric liver transplant surgeon in India, with an excellent success rate. A hepatobiliary surgeon, he has had the distinction of performing critical Whipple’s surgeries for pancreatic cancers, complex liver surgeries, as well as complicated liver transplantations in infants and children.

In December 1997, Dr. Rela earned accolades for performing a critical liver transplant surgery on a five-day-old baby, Baebhen Schüttke from Dublin, Ireland. The surgery earned Dr. Rela an entry into the Guinness Book of Records in 2000. The young girl is now a healthy adult, studying law at Trinity College, Ireland.

Dr. Rela has performed the first living related liver transplant. The patient was an 18-month-old girl with a prognosis of only 48 hours to live, prior to the operation. Dr. Rela has also successfully performed a liver transplant on a four-year-old child with terminal stage liver cancer. In another rare surgery, he performed six liver transplants and a bone marrow transplant on one patient. He is renowned in India and around the world for successfully performing highly complex surgeries to save the lives of very young children.

He added another feather in his cap, when he was nominated as one of the best international innovative paediatric surgeons, striving for the improvement of paediatric health care. He has been voted as one of the 20 ‘Most Innovative Paediatric Surgeons Alive’ today.

Dr. Rela's Pediatric Liver Transplant Success Stories

These are a few cases among his long list of successful Liver Transplantation Surgeries in children:

  • In 1997 he performed a critical liver transplant surgery on five-day-old baby Baebhen Schüttke from Dublin, Ireland. The child grew up into a healthy and normal adult, becoming a law student at Trinity College, Ireland.
  • A rare and successful first living related liver transplant on an 18-month-old baby, Luke Bettelley in the UK. Luke had been given just 48 hours to live before the operation. The surgery saved his life.
  • In June 2003, he successfully performed a liver transplant on Pranali Bhat, a four-and-a-half-year-old girl from Ahmedabad, who was suffering from a terminal stage liver disease.
  • In August 2004, Dr. Rela’s team conducted a successful liver transplant on Batul Hassan, a five-year-old girl, who had come to India for medical treatment from Pakistan. The surgery was a success and continued to foster medical tourism to India from neighbouring nations.
  • In September 2009, he performed the first-ever split liver transplantation, the first of its kind in India. A single liver was split in two parts and transplanted into two patients — a young girl and an older woman, both suffering from end stage liver disease.
  • In July 2019, Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre performed India’s first successful liver transplantation on a one-month-old baby. The youngest child to undergo liver transplantation in the country, the boy is now doing well. He had been diagnosed with a urea cycle disorder, a metabolic disorder, wherein liver transplantation was the only treatment option. The 10-hour long surgery was performed by an expert team of pediatric transplant surgeons and pediatric anesthetists.

There are many more such case stories, showcasing the path-breaking surgeries performed by Dr. Rela at the best pediatric liver transplantation centre in Chennai, Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre. We strive to leave no stone unturned in an effort to give patients hope and save lives, even in the most challenging cases.


Why do people from across the world come to Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre, Chennai for Paediatric Liver Transplantation?



  • The Expert Dr. Mohammed Rela honed his expertise in Liver Transplant surgeries in the UK and India and has extensive experience of over 28 years. With a vision to take India’s healthcare to the next level, he established the Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre in Chennai, with the objective of making complex and challenging liver transplant surgeries available in the country to the needy. Dr. Mohammed Rela’s dedication, innovation, commitment to saving lives and successful outcomes have garnered him trust from all over the world.
  • He has trained a multidisciplinary team to help build an enviable track record in critical paediatric liver and other organ transplants. Dr. Rela’s handpicked multidisciplinary team comprises some of the country’s leading surgeons, nurses and support staff.
  • The Team: Dr. Mohammed Rela and his multidisciplinary team of allied surgeons, doctors, nurses and support caregivers have been thoroughly trained and are very experienced in the field of pediatric liver transplantations. The team has vast clinical expertise in performing rare and critical pediatric liver surgeries, under the expert guidance of Dr. Rela. The pediatric patients receive complete care and attention, just as in any international liver transplant facility.


  • Comprehensive and multidisciplinary care: Many children suffering from liver diseases are brought to Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre. The institute offers comprehensive and proper care for all liver related diseases, which may require simple medications to complex surgeries. The patients are thoroughly screened, evaluated and treated as per international protocol standards.
  • Institute of Advanced Paediatric Care: The in-house Institute of Advanced Paediatric Care offers multidisciplinary care to children, especially those suffering from liver-related diseases and disorders.


  • 450-bedded hospital with more than 140 beds dedicated solely to critical care.
  • State-of-the-art liver, pancreas and other multi organ transplantation units, with facilities on par with international medical centres
  • 24*7 Emergency Care: Trusted institute for all healthcare emergencies, providing round-the-clock quality care
  • The hospital has state-of-the-art equipment, the best radiology department with accurate, quick and advanced diagnostics and treatment, and excellent support facilities for patients and their care-givers, on par with the best in the world
  • Specialized Operation Theaters: Designed and customized for performing some of the most complex and complicated transplant surgical procedures
  • Advanced Post-op ICUs offering best-in-class post-surgical care with state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained personnel
  • It is easily accessible from the airport, railway station and bus stops.

Success Rate

  • Among the best paediatric liver transplantation centres in the world with a very high success ratio. The success ratio has been high right from the day the hospital was set up.
  • The hospital specialises in treating very critical metabolic liver diseases among children, using innovative procedures and practices.
  • The hospital has treated more than thousands of patients, bringing back smiles to many of them, especially children and their families.

Patient Experience

  • Personalized and customised treatment on a case-to-case basis
  • The hospital lays great emphasis on meticulous day-to-day care before and after any procedure during the patient’s stay, which has won it the trust and confidence of patients and their care-givers, leading to high patient referrals.

Rela Institute & Medical Centre is where empathetic care meets medical excellence! And we understand your love for your child. While all are efforts are dedicated to heal your child - provide them a better quality and healthy life, our team also ensures that your child is treated with plenty of love and care during the stay. We believe it is this empathetic care towards our patients and our medical excellence that has attracted patients from India and across the world to RIMC, making it the best paediatric liver transplantation centre in India and a preferred destination in the world for paediatric liver transplantation.

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