Deceased Donor Pediatric Liver Transplant Steps

There are several steps for a deceased donor pediatric liver transplant.

  1. Your child is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list to receive a deceased donor liver.
    • Your child’s name is placed on the UNOS list before a living donor is evaluated.
    • Your child may receive a deceased donor liver before a living donor is found.
    • UNOS works with an agency to obtain organs and keep a national list of people waiting for transplants. Your child will stay on the list until he receives a liver or no longer needs a liver.
    • UNOS gives your child a Pediatric End Stage Liver Disease (PELD) score based on a formula that looks at his age, weight and lab test results.
    • Your child is matched with a liver based on the PELD score and his blood type. Waiting for a deceased donor liver can take time. If you have questions or concerns, please talk to the Children’s Liver Transplant team.

    The Children’s Liver Transplant team can answer your questions during the process.

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    "That person’s choice to become an organ donor meant that a part of him could live on through Kiki." Read Kiki's Story

    About the Deceased Donor

    Families often want to know the age of the donor and how the donor died. Information about the donor cannot be shared. Likewise, information about you and your family will not be given to the donor’s family. You may write a letter to the donor’s family. If you write a letter, the Children’s Liver Transplant coordinator will send it to the donor agency. They will then forward it to the donor family.

    Deceased Donor Transplant

    • UNOS Donor Matching Process
    • About the Deceased Donor
    • Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgery