Pediatric Kidney Transplant Process

Pre-transplant evaluation

Before your child is approved for a pediatric kidney transplant, he will undergo a pre-transplant evaluation—a series of tests that may include a routine medical exam, blood tests, imaging tests, breathing tests and other evaluations. 

If your child meets all of the standards from the pre-transplant evaluation and the child, family and kidney transplant team decide that a pediatric kidney transplant is the best option, the next step is to place your child’s name on the United Network for Organ Sharing wait list.

During this time, the kidney transplant team will decide if there are living donors who may be a good match for your child.

Kidney transplant

A kidney transplant provides your child with a healthy kidney from a donor. The donor is a person who gives your child a kidney. There are two main types of kidney transplants, a deceased donor and living donor.

  • A deceased donor transplant provides your child with a kidney from a person who has recently died. To receive a deceased donor kidney, you child is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list.
  • A living donor is a person who volunteers to give your child one of his kidneys. The donor’s remaining kidney works well enough for him to have a normal quality of life. Your child’s new kidney takes over the work of two failed kidneys.

After the kidney transplant

A kidney transplant changes the life of your child and your family. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and help you in any way that they can. Learn more about what to expect after your child's liver transplant.