• Organ donation;
  • renal transplant

Naegleria fowleri is a free-living amebic organism that causes acute meningoencephalitis and brain death in young people. Though this infection is limited to the central nervous system, organ donation is usually ruled out because of the infectious nature of the donor's death. Based on the realization that this organism is limited to the brain, we successfully transplanted organs from a 12-year-old male donor dying of N. fowleri infection. Kidneys, pancreas, a lung and liver were used with no evidence of posttransplant infectious complications. This unusual cause of brain death does not preclude successful organ donation.