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Neonatal organ donation for transplantation in the UK
  1. I Wijetunga1,
  2. C Ecuyer1,
  3. S Martinez-Lopez1,
  4. N Benetatos2,
  5. A Griffiths3,
  6. R Adappa4,
  7. C Francis5,
  8. P Murphy3,
  9. N Ahmad1
  1. 1 Department of Transplantation, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  2. 2 Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3 NHS Blood and Transplant, UK
  4. 4 Department of Neonatology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  5. 5 Department of Obstetrics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to N Ahmad, Department of Transplantation, St James's University Hospital, Level 3 Bexley Wing, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK; nahmad1519{at}

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We read with interest the article titled ‘First neonatal organ donation in the UK’ by Atreja and Godambe1 received widespread media coverage in the UK recently. The team should be commended for this milestone achievement. The surgical teams should also be congratulated for embracing the immense challenge of retrieving and transplanting kidneys from such a small donor, a feat which only handful of centres in the UK would undertake due to anxieties that we have previously described.2 ,3 Organ donation from very young donors is a rare occurrence in the UK, which is a testament to our outstanding neonatal and paediatric care but may also reflect overall lower donation rates compared with …

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  • Contributors IW and NA conceived and drafted the manuscript. CE, SM-L, NB, RA, CF, PM and AG participated in the critical revision of the manuscript. PM also reviewed the manuscript for its accuracy and provided guidance on ethical considerations. All authors approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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