Hearts for transplant come from deceased donors. There is an urgent need for organ donation in the United States, where almost 90,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.
Our doctors and nurses are keenly aware of this need and they are actively involved in efforts to raise awareness about organ donation.
Because Seattle Children's Hospital provides specialty care across a six-state region - Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Hawaii - we are uniquely positioned to search for viable organs in a wider geographic area than many other children's hospitals in the nation.
Our physicians and surgeons are working to improve the situation for children who need transplants. They are actively involved with national United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) committees.
Learn more about organ allocation.