Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is home to one of the leading pediatric transplant programs in the country, offering comprehensive pre- and post-transplant services to children, teens and young adults with end-stage diseases of the liver, heart and kidney.
What is a transplant?
A solid organ transplant gives your child a healthy organ (heart, liver or kidney) from a donor. A donor is a person who gives your child an organ.
Children’s Provides Full Pre- and Post-Transplant Services for Children in Need of a Liver, Heart or Kidney Transplant.
Liver Transplant Program
Home to one of the largest pediatric liver transplant programs in the U.S., we have performed more than 575 liver transplants on infants, children and young adults.Learn More
Heart Transplant Program
Our pediatric heart transplant team has performed more than 350 heart transplants on children, with survival rates that are better than the national average.Learn More
Kidney Transplant Program
We are a leader in pediatric kidney transplantation, performing more than 740 surgeries and with wait times and survival rates better than the U.S. average.Learn More
At Children’s, we have given the gift of life to more than 1,700 children through organ transplants. But there are still more young lives to be saved.
Currently, more than 116,000 people in the U.S.—including nearly 2,000 children—are in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. Many people have generously saved others’ lives through an organ, tissue, marrow and blood donation.
How do I become an organ donor?
There are three steps to register to become an organ donor:
- Register with your state.
- Designate “organ donor” on your driver’s license or identification card.
- Notify your family members about your decision to donate.
If you would like to be a living donor for a kidney or liver, click here.
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At Children’s, we are committed to providing your child and family with the care and support you need throughout your transplant journey. We understand that a transplant journey affects the entire family. That is why we offer many different programs and events to help connect you with others in the transplant community.
- Second Chance Family Camp: This weekend camp allows transplant recipients, candidates and their immediate family members to enjoy camp activities with others who share similar experiences.
- Camp Braveheart: This weeklong summer camp experience is for children and teens, ages 7 to 17, who have a heart defect or have received a heart transplant.
- Camp Independence: This weeklong summer camp experience is for children and teens, ages 8 to 18, who have been diagnosed with kidney disease, are on dialysis or have received an organ transplant.
- Second Chance Teen Retreat: This overnight weekend getaway is for teens and young adults, ages 13 to 20, who have received an organ transplant.
- Transplant spring and winter events: These annual events for the entire family are typically held at a fun, local venue. Invitations with event details will be sent to transplant recipients and candidates prior to the event.
Transplant support groups
Children who have received a transplant and their family members are not alone. Support groups are offered throughout the year so transplant families can connect over a meal. Join us to meet other families on a similar journey, receive support and learn about the Children’s Second Chance Program.
- Support for heart, liver and kidney transplant
- Pre- and post-organ transplant recipients and their families are invited to attend. The transplant support group meets in the sixth-floor conference room at Children's Egleston Hospital throughout the year from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is provided free of charge.
- Second Helping Family Dinner
- This is a complimentary dinner provided by a community donor for hospitalized patients in the Transplant Step-Down Unit and their families to enjoy. Dinners are hosted at Egleston Hospital.
- Heart transplant: Kids at Heart family dinners
- Heart transplant recipients and their parents are invited to attend these dinners. Offered by the Kids at Heart program, this support group meets in the first-floor conference center at Egleston Hospital the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.