Posted on 4/17/2017
Just like adults, children can be diagnosed with diseases and medical conditions
that cause organ failure. Unfortunately, it’s often more challenging
to match a child in need of an organ to a suitable donor organ. Not all
children are large enough to receive adult-size or even teenager-size
organs. Here at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, our pediatric specialists
keenly feel parents’ pain when they are told that their children
could die without an organ transplant. During National Donate Life Month
this April, take a few minutes to become better informed about the critical need for
organ donors in Las Vegas and around the country.
Understanding the need for organ donors
Children’s hospital staff members do everything possible to save
the lives of children, but sometimes even superior pediatric care fails.
The loss of an infant or an older child is unspeakably devastating. It
can be difficult to make major decisions in the immediate aftermath of
a child’s death, but taking a few minutes to consider organ donation
is an act of love. In the U.S., there are nearly 2,000 young
patients waiting for a life-saving organ, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2015,
939 families made the decision to give the gift of life to other families
by donating their children’s organs.
Deciding to donate a child’s organs
The decision to donate is a personal one. Many parents decide to donate
their child’s organs because, in the midst of their own heartbreak,
they wish to help save the lives of other children. Some parents are comforted
by the thought that, although they’ve lost their own precious child,
a part of their child will live on in someone else.
Authorizing organ donation
If an organ donor is under 18 years of age, the donation must be authorized
by a parent or legal guardian. If you’re considering pediatric organ
donation, a doctor or nurse can guide you through it and answer your questions.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, parents will find high-quality,
compassionate care delivered by dedicated pediatric specialists. It’s
our mission to give your child and your whole family the care and support
you deserve. You can call a nurse at our children’s hospital at