It may be one of the most difficult conversations a pediatrician — or any health care professional — might have. How can one suggest to the family of a dead or dying child that they allow that child's organs to be used for transplants?

"In my experience, there are far more pediatric donors that can be accessed," said Linda Book, M.D., FAAP, director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Book wrote a 1992 AAP Annual Chapter Forum resolution favoring organ donor initiatives.

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