Heart Institute

The Heart Transplant Evaluation Process


Making sure a transplant is right for your child

Your child is considered for a heart transplant when neither medication nor surgery will make the heart work well enough for your child to keep growing and gaining weight. To help ensure your child will benefit from a heart transplant, we do an extensive evaluation where we work closely with a multidisciplinary team of experts throughout the hospital.

The Heart Transplant Program also gives your family the support you need, before and after the transplant, by working with child life therapists, psychiatrists, nursing and other specialists at Children’s.

Getting on the UNOS waiting list

If you and the transplant team at Children’s Hospital Colorado decide that a heart transplant is what’s best for your child, he or she will be placed on the national waiting list. Children's Hospital Colorado coordinates all of its heart transplant procedures with the help of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Donor Alliance.

Heart transplant resources for parents