ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Children in need of an organ transplant often wait longer than adults for available organs, as in many cases, they require organ donations from another child of a similar age or size.
But organ donation among kids and teens is an understandably difficult topic to broach with parents. And parent misconceptions about child organ donation may further complicate the process, a new national poll finds.
Parents’ major concerns often included misunderstandings about medical care, potential suffering, and cost related to child organ donation, according to this month’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan. Only one in four parents polled say their driving age teen is registered to be an organ donor.