If your child is determined to have met the selection criteria and is accepted as a transplant candidate, he is placed on a national waiting list monitored by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) .
Every effort is made to keep your child in his own environment during the wait for a transplant organ. However, if your child does not reside within two hours of our facilities, you may be asked to relocate closer to our hospital. Patients may continue to be followed by their primary physicians who then maintains close contact within the program.
Listed patients are seen in Transplant Program clinic every three months or more often if necessary. Your child’s condition is monitored with appropriate laboratory tests performed as needed. During this time period, your child is also being seen on a more frequent basis by his/her attending physician, and close contact is maintained with the Transplant Program regarding your child’s status.
When the offer is made and accepted for a donor organ, your child is called immediately and admitted to the hospital for pre-transplant laboratory testing and medications. All medications are administered according to strict protocols.
If your child receives an organ, they are placed in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) postoperatively. Patients are discharged fror rehabilitation from the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit to 6 West, which is a medical surgical unit serving cardiothoracic and transplant patients.