Information For Children
The 4 Big Questions
You may wonder what exactly is happening to your family member. Your loved one has an organ inside of them that isn’t working and needs to be replaced.
Some people are born with conditions that will require an organ transplant in the future. Others develop conditions over time.
You must be wondering when your parent will have their operation. If the donation is from a living donor you can ask your parents when the operation will take place. Unfortunately, if they are receiving from a deceased donor there is no way to know when your parent will be able to receive their organ.
An important part of an organ transplant is the donor. Although some donors are living, most are deceased. These donors help improve so many lives every year.
Q: Will I be able to visit my parent at the hospital?
Most hospitals will not allow children to visit their parents. Although you can’t see your parent, it’s a great idea to make cards or homemade gifts. Your family will be able to deliver the items. This is a great way to support your loved one. You can also video chat with your parent.
Q: When will my parent be able to leave the hospital?
Every situation is different with transplants. Recovery time depends on the type of transplant and complications.
Q: What do the major organs do?
- Lungs – Allows you to breathe
- Heart – Moves blood through your body
- Kidneys – Gets rid of what your body doesn’t need
- Liver – Produces protein, helps digestion
- Pancreas – Helps break down food, produces insulin
- Skin – protects you against dangerous things entering through contact
- More than 6,000 transplants are performed each year from living donors
- Every 30 seconds someone is added to the transplant waiting list
- One organ donor can save up to eight lives
- All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation
What can be transplanted?
- Heart valves