Notifying you of a potential match
When an organ that seems to be a good match for your child becomes available, we will notify you by phone or pager. You’ll be asked to come to the Boston Children's Hospital immediately.
When you receive the call to come to the hospital, be prepared to:
- Ask about any medications your child should take before coming to the hospital
- Let us know if your child has a temperature or is currently sick
- Not allow your child to eat or drink anything after receiving the call
- Leave your house as soon as possible
Keep in mind that it is possible that you may be sent back home if one or both of the following things occur:
- The team discovers a problem with the new organ.
- The team finds that your child has a condition that could jeopardize his health or the transplant’s chance of success.
Plan well in advance for other factors including:
- Baby-sitting/child care for your other children
- An alternative transportation plan in case the person driving you is unavailable
- Phone calls to family members—we suggest you call one family member so they in turn can contact other family members
- Packing a bag for the hospital stay. This may include: toiletries, pajamas, personal items (pictures, favorite blanket, stuffed animal).