There are two ways your child can get a donated kidney:
Deceased donor: Your child can get a kidney from a healthy person who just died. To get a deceased donor transplant, the child must be added to the national waiting list. The wait for a kidney could take many months or years. Learn more about deceased donor transplants here.
Living donor: A healthy, living person can donate one of their kidneys to your child. After donating their kidney, the donor can continue to live a normal, healthy life with the one kidney. Almost one half of kidney transplants for children are from living donors.
Donors for children are often their parents, siblings, or other family members. Parents of a child with kidney disease are usually the best donors because they often have the same blood type and are a tissue match. Learn more about living donor transplants here.