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Pediatric Patients

The loss of a child or infant is always tragic, and the option of organ donation is especially hard on parents and families, who are the decision makers in such an event. Pediatric donation is a difficult subject for everyone.

Who is considered a pediatric patient?

A pediatric patient is considered to be an infant under one year of age. Please use the Confirmation of Neurological Determination of Death Infant (NDD) PDF form. 

For any pediatric patients over one-year old, please use the Confirmation of Neurological Determination of Death - Adult (NDD) form.

What is the need for pediatric organs?

The age, weight and size of the donor  are taken into account when matching donors to recipients. That's why very small children most often receive donations from other young people—although older children and adults can often be a match. Sometimes, children can receive donations of partial organs such as  part  of a liver or lung. 

What organs can be donated?

The option of what organs can be donated will be different for every patient, depending on their health and medical history.

Please refer to the NDD and DCD pages for more information on what can be donated. 
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