Kidneys are the body’s filters. If they don’t work like they should, the harmful chemicals they’re supposed to remove can build up. When the kidneys stop working it’s called “kidney failure.” A new kidney is often the best long-term solution. At Nemours, we help kids who need a kidney transplant stay as healthy as possible before their kidney transplant. And we work with your family long after surgery to give your child the best possible chance for a healthy future.
Hope Is a New Kidney
Services We Offer
Nemours’ transplant program is approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) , and works in partnership with the Gift of Life Donor Program . Your child may be able to get a donated kidney in one of these two ways:
- living donor (when a relative or other person who’s a good match for your child donates one of their kidneys)
- deceased donor (when a healthy adult or child donates an organ after their death)
Before and after transplant, we offer a variety of treatment services from highly experienced transplant team members who have dedicated their lives to helping children like yours:
- transplant coordinator — a specially trained nurse who serves as your point person, arranging all the details of your child’s care
- transplant surgeons — who are trained and board-certified in pediatric surgery, with further training in pediatric kidney transplants
- nephrologists — kidney care specialists who evaluate and treat kids with kidney (renal) problems
- pediatricians — doctors who provide care around the time of the transplant and over the long term
- dietitians/nutritionists — who offer advice and meal plans for kids with specific nutritional needs
- physical and occupational therapists — who encourage specific activities and movement to make sure your child is physically strong before leaving the hospital
- social worker — who provides your child and family emotional support, and helps you prepare for each step of the process
- psychologists and psychiatrists — who offer a wide range of emotional support services
- pastoral care — clergy who can give spiritual support
- Child Life specialists — who are specially trained to work with kids who are sick and receiving treatment in a hospital setting
- financial coordinator — who works with you and your insurance company to arrange all financial aspects of your child’s care before and after the transplant
Why Choose Us
Our transplant program is a national leader in the field. With decades of experience and many successful transplants, our team oversees one of the largest pediatric transplant programs in the country. We know that when your child needs a kidney transplant, it’s about so much more than an operation. Our large team of many specialists will help you cope with your child’s illness, educate you about your options, and help your child recover. We'll be with you throughout your family's journey, from long before to long after your child's transplant — every step of the way.
Regional Kidney Transplant Highlights
Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer kidney transplant care at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.).
- named one of the best children’s hospitals in the country for kidney care by U.S. News & World Report
- Renal Clinic, where doctors from other specialties offer their expertise for your child’s kidney condition
- End-Stage Renal Disease Program, with a range of specialized treatment options
- participation in the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study (NAPRTCS), which uses a state-of-the-art clinical approach for treating children with end-stage kidney disease
- close follow-up care after transplant, both as inpatients (in the hospital) and outpatients (at office appointments)
- advanced pediatric medical imaging services
- all single-bed, private rooms in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for recovery after surgery
- a protective environment with filtered air for children with weakened immune systems
- Ronald McDonald House of Delaware right across from our campus, for an affordable home away from home during long hospital stays