There is an urgent need for organ donation in the United States, where almost 90,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. The majority of intestines for transplant are obtained from deceased donors.
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 are many other children's hospitals.
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.