Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program

Pediatric kidney transplant a first for Cohen Children’s

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has completed its first-ever pediatric kidney transplant operation. Matthew Francis, a 14-year-old from Rockaway Beach, was diagnosed in 2012 with focal segmental glomerulosis, a disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units. The illness causes severe scarring, disrupts kidney functions and, left untreated, can eventually lead to organ failure. Earlier this month, Matthew underwent a life-saving procedure at New Hyde Park-based Cohen’s Children – making him the first pediatric kidney-transplant recipient at…