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First neonatal organ donation in the UK
  1. Gaurav Atreja,
  2. Sunit Godambe
  1. Division of Neonatology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gaurav Atreja, Division of Neonatology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, 5th Floor, Hammersmith House, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS, UK; gaurav.atreja{at}

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We read with interest the article by Charles et al. 1 We agree with their statement that there is significant potential for donation among the UK neonatal population that is not being realised. We report a case of successful neonatal organ donation which happened recently in our unit. This is the first ever neonatal organ donation after circulatory determination of death reported in the UK. The kidneys and hepatocytes were transplanted/transfused to two suitable recipients.

The mother presented at term with reduced/absent fetal movements. An emergency caesarean section was performed as the cardio-tocographic trace was pathological. A baby girl weighing 3.1 kg was delivered in a very poor condition. After successful initial resuscitation, it became clear that she had suffered a severe antenatal hypoxic insult. …

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  • Contributors GA has facilitated the organ donation and both GA and SG have contributed to writing the letter.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.