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Pediatric Kidney Transplantation

Key Points about Kidney Transplants

  • 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.
  • How is my child placed on the waiting list for a new kidney?
  • How long will it take to get a new kidney?
  • What is a kidney transplant?
  • What is the long-term outlook for a child after a kidney transplant?
  • Why is a kidney transplant recommended?
  • What is the transplant waiting list?
  • Where do transplanted organs come from?
Children's Team

Children's Team


Our Stories

Our Stories

side by side photo Kaylee Townsley Roxi Vasquez

Kaylee and Roxi's Story

Kaylee Townsley, a seventh-grader, is 12. Roxi Vasquez, a high school senior, is 18. They live in different towns and attend different schools but became "sisters" as they shared the same kidney transplant experience.

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 treat kidney disease in children.

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.