Your Child and Family Are Our Focus

  • The prospect of an organ transplant can be frightening and feel overwhelming. We will help your entire family understand the transplant process, develop new skills to cope with your child’s illness and hospital stay and deal with insurance and financial matters.
  • We will involve your child or teen in their care in ways that match their age and understanding. To help teens take their medicine, we are testing a high-tech pill box that can send text messages.
  • When your child is ready to go home, we provide practical, straightforward plans to help you care for your child.
  • We also work hard to improve your child’s quality of life after transplant. We are committed to helping your child and family return to a normal, active life together doing the things you love.

Expert Care Before, During and After Transplant

  • Seattle Children’s Transplant Center provides comprehensive services, from pre-transplant evaluation to long-term follow-up, to keep your child healthy and thriving.
  • One of the busiest transplant centers in the nation, Seattle Children’s has an experienced team of experts trained specifically in the needs of young transplant patients and their families. Your team will include surgeons, doctors, nurses, pain specialists, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and many others based on your child’s needs.
  • Your child will be cared for by doctors who are leaders in pediatric organ transplantation. They hold leadership positions in many international, national and regional groups, including committees of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the advisory board of LifeCenter Northwest, our region’s organ procurement organization.
  • To ensure that we know as quickly as possible what works for children who need a transplant and what doesn’t, we share our expertise with other pediatric transplant centers by taking part in groups like UNOS, publishing our research results and speaking at conferences around the world.

Our Results Are Among the Best in the Nation

  • Our heart transplant doctors treat the region’s most complex cases. Yet Seattle Children’s has one of the highest 3-year patient survival rates and one of the best waitlist mortality rates in the country.
  • We are the region’s only provider of liver transplants for children. Our doctors are among the most experienced pediatric liver transplant surgeons in the United States. Their skill is reflected in our 97.14% 3-year graft survival rate.
  • We are the eighth busiest pediatric kidney transplant center in the United States. Our 3-year graft survival rate is 97.92% – more than 5 percentage points higher than the national average.

Access for More Children Who Need Transplants

  • Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric transplant center in the region (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Hawaii) and has transplant outreach clinics in Spokane, Montana and Hawaii to serve more families. We perform transplants for children from around the country.
  • Our doctors offer innovative treatments to help make a transplant available to your child and shorten your child’s wait time. Newer techniques include ABO-incompatible transplants, living-donor transplants, split-liver transplants and reduced-size liver transplants.
  • We care for even the sickest patients, including those who might be turned down at other transplant centers. While some centers focus mainly on adults, we focus completely on children and have the expertise to treat your child’s condition, no matter how complex.
  • If your child needs a transplant urgently, our team does a comprehensive evaluation quickly – in as little as a day or 2, if needed – so your child can be added to the UNOS transplant waiting list.

Nigel’s Story: A Lifesaving Kidney Chain

  • When Belinda Hudson’s 18-year-old son, Nigel Dalton, needed a kidney, she did not hesitate to offer one of her own. Unfortunately, she was not a match. But her generosity led to a chain of 3 kidney transplants involving 6 people, including Nigel. Read more.

We Are Developing Better Treatments

  • The same Seattle Children’s doctors who care for your child also do research to improve transplant-related care. Our doctors are actively involved in developing best practices to benefit your child, as well as patients at centers across the country.
  • We continually explore ways to keep your child healthier while waiting for a transplant. Examples are better nutrition, avoiding infection and using extracorporeal life support (ECLS) for children while they wait for, receive and heal from a heart transplant.
  • After transplant, antirejection medicine is key to keeping your child’s new organ healthy. We fine-tune treatment so your child’s immune system does not reject their new organ but remains strong enough to fight infection and disease.
  • Our doctors have reduced the need for intestine transplants by improving care to restore intestinal function. They helped pioneer the field of intestine transplants and are skilled at multiple organ transplants, such as intestine–liver.
  • If appropriate, your child will have access to new treatment options because we take part in multicenter studies. Learn more about our transplant research and clinical studies.