Because a deceased donor kidney can become available at any time, it is essential that the Pediatric Kidney Transplant team be able to reach you 24 hours a day. If you do not have a pager or cell phone of your own, a transplant pager can usually be provided to you for this purpose.
It may also be helpful to have telephone numbers of family members or friends who know where you are. It is very important that you keep your transplant coordinator informed of things such as changes in your phone number, plans to be away on vacation, etc., so that you do not risk missing the call for a kidney.
Since there is a time limit to how long the kidney can be stored in a special solution once it has been removed from the donor, you will need to be able to come to the hospital as soon as you have been notified that a kidney is available for your child.