One Outstanding Teacher From Ohio Is Donating Her Kidney To A School Girl Who Needs A Transplant
May 18, 2018
While kidney transplants may not seem like a major hassle for adults with kidney related problems, the same cannot be said for children. Children will need two or more kidney donations in their lifetime to maintain a healthy life.
Although the odds of survival were once slim, they have greatly improved in recent times. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis showed a 100% survival rate of pediatric kidney transplant patients.
Srinath Chinnakotla, MD, FACS, led the study and provided this summary.
Thanks to advances in immunosuppressive [antirejection] medications including steroid-free drugs, better surgical technique, and improved management of infections after kidney transplant, children ages 10 years and younger now have the best long-term graft survival of all ages.