Kidney transplant survival

Why we measure it - Overwhelmingly, survival is the first and most important statistic parents and others ask about. In general, centers that have high survival rates for the most complex cases, including transplants, generally have high survival rates for all types of kidney transplants.


What this means - Survival at one month, one year and three years is 100 percent for kidney transplant patients from 2006 through 2011.

About the data - These data reflect survival rates for pediatric kidney transplant patients from 2006 through 2011 for the first 1,200 days after transplant. These data are publicly reported to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

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How we provide the best care

  • We are participating in several local and regional clinical research projects to assess and enhance transplant outcomes and quality of life.
  • The Kidney Transplant Program participates in the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Study (NAPRTCS) Group, a network of large volume centers sharing information and providing opportunities for collaborative research.
  • We offer living donor transplants (50 percent of kidney transplants), which decreases wait times.
  • We are developing protocols that help patients with complex immunologic barriers due to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) compatibility.
  • We performed the first successful pediatric heart-kidney transplant in the Midwest.
  • We can perform kidney transplants on very young children. Our youngest kidney transplant recipient was 14 months old at the time of transplant.
  • Pediatric intensivists are part of the care team to help closely monitor the patient and transplanted organ post-transplant.
  • Kidney transplant patients have access to pediatric PT/OT, speech and rehabilitation specialists to enhance and speed recovery. A dedicated pediatric psychologist, pharmacist, social worker and child life specialist consistently are involved to help children and families through the transplant process and facilitate the transition to home, school and work.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for patient families.