Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center patients reflect on their journeys. Meet Amy DeStefano, the first person in New England to receive a heart transplant using the new "heart in a box" technology; Thomas DeRigo, who received a single lung transplant; and Andrew Johnson, who as a toddler received his mother's kidney.
An ultrasound at 19 weeks showed that Andrew Johnson would be born with kidney functionality complications. Fortunately for Andrew, his mother was a compatible donor, and when he was strong enough, Andrew underwent kidney transplantation at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Transplant Center. “Everyone was so nervous that day,” Tara Johnson states. “I was elated.”
MGH Hotline 1.28.11 The loss of a child is one of the most devastating experiences a person can endure.
When 14-year-old Kassie Holmes was faced with going back on dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant, Avram Traum, MD, recommended a transplant regiment that did not include steroids.
Toddler Andrew Johnson is thriving since receiving his mother’s kidney in a transplant at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Please join the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Family Advisory Council for a special Chief of Service presentation, as Council Member Lisa Cimino and Avi Traum, MD, discuss the wisdom they have acquired over years of taking care of Lisa's daughter; they will focus on fostering good communication and shared decision-making.
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