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Kidney Transplantation

Key Points about Kidney Transplants in Children

  • A kidney transplant is surgery to place a healthy kidney from another person into someone with severe kidney problems.
  • Transplanted organs can come from deceased or living donors — and you could be a match.
  • You and your child will work with a comprehensive kidney transplant team before, during and after the process which will include evaluations, diagnostic tests and a period of waiting for the right match.
  • Living with a transplant is a lifelong process. Antirejection medicine (immunosuppressants) must be taken for the rest of your child’s life.

About Kidney Transplants

Waiting for a Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant Surgery

Children's Team

Children's Team


Our Stories

Our Stories

Heath Alexander and his daughter Anna, who he donated a kidney to.

Anna's Story

Heath Alexander of Silver Spring, Maryland, underwent a rigorous assessment to determine whether he was healthy enough to donate one of his kidneys to his daughter, 11-year-old Anna Sophia Alexander.

Messiah in the car wearing sunglasses.

Messiah's Story

In October 2009, Tenia of Washington, D.C., gave birth to her son, Messiah. Thirteen years later, she gave him a chance at life again through living kidney donation.

Gabriella Nelson

Gabriella's Story

Gabriella was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, which meant her kidneys were leaking protein.



Kidney Transplantation

The Kidney Transplantation Program is the only one of its kind in the Washington, D.C., area focused on the needs of children and teens with kidney disease. Additionally, it is the region's only Medicare-approved center for kidney transplants in children and teens.


Learn how our highly skilled team works across divisions to manage the full range of kidney diseases in children, including dialysis and kidney transplantation.

Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children’s National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.