How does my child get on the kidney transplant waiting list?
If your child does not have a potential living donor they may be placed on the national deceased donor waiting list through their transplant center. Children who are listed for deceased donor kidney transplant before their 18th birthday receive priority on the national waiting list. Adults and children can be listed for a deceased donor kidney at more than one transplant center and this occurs most commonly when their transplant doctors are concerned that if may be difficult to find a suitable kidney. In some situations, your child may be placed on the deceased donor waiting list “on hold” even if your child has a potential living donor. This allows your child to begin to accumulate waiting time on the list just in case their living donor becomes ineligible for any reason.