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Seattle Children’s Kidney Transplant Program

Compassionate Care, Transformational Outcomes

For children with kidney failure, Seattle Children’s provides state-of-the-art care before, during and after kidney transplant. We have the only pediatric-focused kidney transplant program in the Pacific Northwest and are consistently one of the top programs by volume in the United States.

Why Choose Seattle Children’s Kidney Transplant Program

Seattle Children’s kidney transplant patient outcomes are among the best in the nation.

100% One-year patient survival rate for kidney transplants, higher than the national average
100% One-year graft survival rate for kidney transplants, higher than the national average
600+ Transplants since the program began in 1984
54% of patients received a living donor transplant

Our Kidney Transplant Services

Seattle Children's is 1 of the top 5 kidney transplant centers by volume in the United States, with excellent clinical outcomes. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our nephrology program among the nation’s top 10, which means your child will be cared for by the very best.

Our program has been named a Center of Excellence by Optum’s Clinical Sciences Institute and a Program of Excellence by Cigna LifeSOURCE.

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Kidney Transplant Therapies and Clinical Trials

Transplanting organs in children is a relatively new field that is always changing. At Seattle Children’s, your child will have access to the most current, state-of-the-art kidney transplant therapies and clinical trials.

Our transplant doctors are constantly improving surgery techniques and immunosuppression strategies to provide patients and families with the latest treatments and the best care in pediatric nephrology.

Learn more about our kidney transplant research and clinical trials.

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Pediatric Dialysis and Apheresis

We also have inpatient and outpatient pediatric dialysis services available. Dialysis is a way to remove waste (such as nitrogen and creatinine) and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys are not able to function on their own, either before the transplant or until the new kidney is fully working.

Seattle Children’s offers the only pediatric apheresis service in Washington. By non-surgically “cleaning” your child’s blood, apheresis can help improve the long-term success of your child’s kidney transplant.

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Kidney Organ Donation, Including Living Donors

Because Seattle Children’s provides specialty care across the 6-state region of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Hawaii, we are uniquely positioned to search for viable organs in a wider geographic area than that of many other children’s hospitals.

The body needs only 1 kidney to filter blood, so a healthy person can donate 1 of their 2 kidneys and lead a normal life. More than half of our patients receive a living donor transplant.

Learn more about kidney organ donation.

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We Never Forget Our Patients Are Still Kids

Our goal is for your child to live their best life possible. That’s why we provide holistic care, coordinated by your child’s transplant nurse, and including a dietician, pharmacist, social worker and Child Life specialist, among others.

Learn what to expect if your child needs a kidney transplant.

Let’s Get You Where You Need to Be

Patient Success Stories

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Stella’s Story

While she was on peritoneal dialysis (PD), Stella Allison couldn’t get her PD catheter wet. Now that she’s had a kidney transplant and is off dialysis, she can’t wait to start swim lessons.

“She’s a different kid after transplant … much more interactive, alert and articulate. There’s just a different brightness about her.”

~ Dr. Sangeeta Hingorani, who noticed improvement with each clinic visit after Stella received a new kidney

Read Stella's story.

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Raegan's Story

Today, 8-year-old Raegen is thriving thanks to her mother’s kidney donation.

“I wish more people knew about the need for organ donation. It’s not something you want to think about happening to your child, but it’s so important. I gave my daughter life again.”

~ Francisca Allard, whose very first surgery was done to donate a kidney to her daughter