Pediatric Kidney Transplant Process

A kidney transplant provides your child with a healthy kidney from a donor. The donor is a person who gives your child a kidney. 

Transplant Process

Types of Pediatric Kidney Transplants

There are two types of kidney transplants:

Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant

deceased donor is a person who has recently died and donated his kidneys. This is the most common type of kidney transplant. To receive a deceased donor kidney, your child is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list. UNOS matches deceased donors and patients waiting for a kidney.

Living Donor Kidney Transplant

living donor is a person who volunteers to give your child one of his kidneys.

  • Even when one kidney is removed, the donor can recover well. The remaining kidney works well enough for the donor to have a normal quality of life.
  • A family member usually provides the best match, but many living donors are not related. Aunts, friends, firefighters and teachers have all volunteered as donors.

After a child receive a pediatric kidney transplant, the new kidney takes over the work of two failed kidneys. The child may need his own kidneys removed, depending on his medical condition.