UNOS Donor Matching Process

  1. A kidney is donated from a person who has just died.
  2. The donor’s medical information is put into the UNOS database.
  3. UNOS notifies Children’s that a kidney is available.
  4. The pediatric kidney transplant surgeon and team review whether to accept or decline the organ. This is based on whether the kidney is the best match for your child.
  5. The Children’s Kidney Transplant coordinator calls you when a kidney is available.
  6. To understand how patients are matched on the national waiting list:
    • Think of the list as a “pool” of patients
    • When an organ is available, UNOS searches the entire “pool” for a match

    Other factors include:

    • Location of the kidney and the child
    • Amount of time that the child has been on the waiting list
    • Blood type: your child can receive a kidney from a person with the same or with a compatible blood type—the four most common blood types are O, A, B and AB