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National Pediatric Transplant Week: Ending the Pediatric Transplant Waiting List

The Purpose:National Pediatric Transplant Week

National Pediatric Transplant Week is a time to shed light on the innovative work being done by our clinical partners, honor donor families whose children have saved and healed lives through organ, eye and tissue donation and a time for recipient families to share their thanks.

A part of National Donate Life Month, National Pediatric Transplant Week takes place during the last full week of April, the 22-26.

The goal is to spread the powerful message of ending the pediatric transplant waiting list and recognize those that have been touched by pediatric organ, eye and tissue donation.

Stats:

Locally (Colorado & Wyoming):

  • 25 children under 18 are waiting for a lifesaving transplant locally.
  • The organ most in need for those waiting locally is the kidney.
  • There were 10 pediatric donors locally in 2018.
  • In 2018, the majority of pediatric donors locally were between 11 and 17 years old.National Pediatric Transplant Week stats

Nationally:

  • Nearly 2,000 children under 18 on the national transplant waiting list.
  • More than 500 of the children waiting, are between one and five years old.
  • 1,900 children received transplants in 2018.
  • There were 875 pediatric donors in 2018.
  • In 2018, the majority of pediatric donors were between 11 and 17 years old.

Local Stories:

Vienna, Pediatric Liver Recipient
“When Vienna was an infant, her parents were told she suffered from a rare liver disease in which her bile ducts didn’t form properly and that she’d need a liver transplant in order to survive”… continue reading Vienna’s story of hope, here.

Gabriel, Pediatric Heart Recipient
“Pregnant with our first child, I learned that my unborn son would be born with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and would need a heart transplant immediately following his birth in order to survive. Not knowing what this meant, I struggled to make sense of all that was happening, but was determined to do the very best for my baby”… continue reading Gabriel’s story of hope, here.

Babette, Pediatric Donor Mother
Brianna helped people when she was alive and now she was going to give the gift of life in her death. We know that she saved at least three families with her organs and now these families have a second chance at life… continue reading Babette’s story of hope, here.

The Driscoll Family, Pediatric Donor Family
“The decision to remove Liam’s ventilator was the most difficult decision we have ever had to make,” Lori said. “However, when we were approached with the news that Liam could be a heart donor, we made the decision to donate without hesitation”… continue reading the Driscoll’s story of hope, here.

Be on the lookout for event more stories on our social channels!

Local Children’s Transplant Center:

Children’s Hospital Colorado has helped change the lives of children through transplantation for nearly 30 years. As the only pediatric organ transplant program in the state, Children’s Colorado has performed more than 1,050 lifesaving organ transplants since 1990, including 101 transplants from living donors.

In addition to saving lives through organ transplantation, Children’s Colorado is home to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, where they have performed more than 1,000 pediatric bone marrow transplants since 1994.

Learn more about Children’s Colorado’s transplant programs.

Ways You Can Help:

Be on the lookout for our posts on social media throughout the week, April 22-26. Share the posts on your own page with #NationalPediatricTransplantWeek!

Remember, you can always sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor when you obtain or renew your driver license or any time online at DonateLifeColorado.org or DonateLifeWyoming.org.

As a reminder, for anyone under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must authorize donation. When obtaining a driver license, 15-17 year-olds may sign up to be a donor, but until they are 18, a parent or legal guardian makes the final donation decision.