Santino

Santino is now thriving with his new kidney. Read about his incredible journey.

A kidney transplant can give a child with chronic kidney disease a new life. A healthy kidney means freedom from dialysis, multiple injections and blood transfusions, along with relief from debilitating symptoms such as weakness and fatigue. A transplant can be life-changing, allowing children to be more active, attend school, travel, have fewer dietary restrictions and just feel better in general.

Our Program

In 2001, UC San Diego brought its established pediatric abdominal transplant program to Rady Children’s to help provide transplant patients with specialized pediatric services. Since that time, we have performed over 100 kidney transplants and maintained outcomes well above the national average. The kidney transplant program is part of the Division of Nephrology, which provides comprehensive care to all patients with kidney disease, ranging from general kidney problems to dialysis and transplant. The division is routinely recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Our transplant team works with you or your child before, during and after the transplant surgery. We take a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with the Urology and Rheumatology  programs as well as other departments to help address the many common causes of kidney disease. We have social workers, pharmacists, nurses, child life specialists and financial coordinators who specialize in the care of the transplant patients, and this team follows your child through their transplant journey. We are able to provide desensitization therapies for patients with high antibody levels and participate in paired exchange programs for patients with living donors who are not compatible.

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