Pediatric Living Donor Kidney Transplant

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Who Can be a Living Donor?

A living donor can be anyone—a parent, family member or friend. A donor has to meet certain health standards and have a donor evaluation. Based on these results, the pediatric kidney transplant surgeon and team will decide if a donor is a good match for your child.

How Do I Ask Someone to Donate an Organ? 

  • Educate yourself: Learn more about living donation and paired donor exchange so you can explain what to expect, such as tests, processes and risks.
  • Share your child's story: Talk about your child’s condition and why a transplant is his best option.
  • Tailor your approach: Consider the best approach given the person's personality and situation. Would a direct approach be best or would it be helpful for a third party to ask? Consider any issues the potential donor may face, such as child care needs.
  • Share stories: Show them success stories of families who experienced living donation and/or paired donor exchanges.
  • Spread the word: Do not be afraid to ask people you know, including your family and friends, to donate. Create fliers to post in public areas with your child's information and how his condition is affecting his life.
Remember, not everyone you speak to will volunteer to become a donor. Do not get discouraged. The important thing is to spread the word to as many people as you can.

How Does a Person Become a Living Donor?

A person must clearly express his interest to be a living donor and complete a donor evaluation. If he is a match and there are no other problems or issues, the living donor surgery will be scheduled.

What Happens During a Living Donor Kidney Transplant?

The donor’s surgery will take place at Emory Transplant Center. During the donor’s surgery, surgeons will take a kidney the living donor to replace your child’s unhealthy (diseased) kidney. The donor’s surgery may take 3 to 8 hours.

Once the donor kidney is ready, your child’s kidney transplant surgery will take place. Surgery may take 4 to 12 hours. Patients typically can go home 7 to 14 days after the transplant surgery.