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Charles and colleagues have highlighted an important although long ignored area of potential donation for transplantation and have explored this potential in the context of the neonatal population.1 While the diagnosis of brain stem death (BSD) remains a problem in donors under 2 months of age, there has been progress in donation after circulatory death (DCD) in the UK in this age group. We report successful outcome following renal transplantation from a 7-week-old DCD donor, with 1-year follow-up.
The donor was a 7-week-old infant weighing 5 kg whose cause of death was hypoxic brain injury. The recipient was a 22-year-old female who had end-stage renal failure secondary to familial IgA nephropathy and been on peritoneal dialysis for over a year. …
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