If the child, family and the heart transplant team decide that a pediatric heart transplant is the best option, the next step is to place the child on the waiting list for a donor heart.
Who organizes organ transplants?
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the national agency that oversees organ transplant. This agency works with our local procurement agency, LifeLink of Georgia, to recover organs. UNOS also maintains the national computerized list of people waiting for heart transplants.
What happens after a child is evaluated?
Once the child’s heart transplant evaluation is done and a decision has been made to move forward, the heart transplant coordinator will place the child on the heart transplant waiting list through the UNOS secure website.
The child will be listed as a Status 1A, Status 1B, Status 2 or Status 7 on the heart transplant waiting list.