Healthy Living: Liver Transplants for Kids
Each year, thousands of children, from babies to teenagers, need a new liver.
But the wait for a new liver can be long.
One out of five infants and one out of ten children die every year waiting for a liver.
In Healthy Living, learn how new breakthroughs are helping more children get the lifesaving liver they so desperately need.
New protocols are also being put into effect this year.
Previously, if a child died, and their parents donated their liver, that liver would not necessarily go to another child.
Now, a new rule has been passed that if a child dies, their liver is offered nationwide to pediatric patients waiting for a liver before going to an adult on the liver transplant waiting list.