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The largest pediatric transplant facility in Texas, Children’s Health℠ also has one of the leading pediatric transplant programs in the United States. Since 1988, when the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network began recording the number of transplant surgeries performed in the nation, Children’s Health consistently has ranked among the top ten busiest and most successful programs. It has, for example, increased the number of heart transplants performed by 424% in the past decade. No other hospital in the state performs more transplants on patients younger than 5 years old.
Through its Transplant Program, Children’s Health has given second lease on life to well over 1,000 children who otherwise would have died without an organ transplant.
Children who have end-stage organ failure can get lifesaving treatment in the form of an organ transplant, but the care of these children begins long before a donor organ is procured and lasts long after surgery. Children receiving transplants will require extensive pre transplant evaluation and a lifetime of specialized care. At Children’s Health, the Transplant Services team offers comprehensive care that addresses all your child’s needs and educates and supports you so that you can ensure the best care for your child. It also offers access the Pediatric to Adult Care Transition (PACT) program to guide patients and provide a bridge between Children’s Health and adult facilities.
Comprehensive care addresses all aspects of your child’s illness, including physical, emotional, psychological, and developmental needs. Teams of renowned specialists, including physicians, surgeons, dietitians, social workers, child life specialists, pastoral care chaplains, pharmacists, and psychologists collaborate to oversee a child’s care before, during, and after the transplant.
The first pediatric heart transplant in Dallas was performed at Children’s Health in 1988, and more than 150 have since been performed here. At the leading edge of transplant services in the region, Children’s Health has performed more pediatric transplants than any other facility in Texas and the greatest number of transplants in patients younger than age 5 years old.
Surgeons at Children’s Health not only performed surgery for the smallest heart recipient in Texas in 2008, but two years earlier performed the state’s first combined heart-liver transplant. Children’s Health increased the number of heart transplants performed by 188% over 2011 and 424% in the past decade.
Among the common diagnoses for which heart transplants are provided to pediatric patients are cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease (present at birth), and congestive heart failure.
Children’s Health offers a Ventricular Assistive Device (VAD) program, a procedure that helps sustain the child’s heart until a donor organ is available. Children’s Health also performs ABO incompatible heart transplants on infants younger than 9 months of age—a procedure that lets a transplant recipient receive a heart from a donor who does not match the recipient’s blood type.
Since the Kidney Transplant Program began in 1979, Children’s Health has performed nearly 400 pediatric kidney transplants, making it the consistent leader in Texas for the number of pediatric kidney transplants performed.
The program offers transplantation of deceased donor or living donor kidneys in the treatment of a range of common diagnoses, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, obstructive uropathy, polycystic kidney disease (hypoplasia), posterior urethral valve disorder, and renal dysplasia.
Since the first liver transplant was performed at Children’s Health in 1984, surgeons at the hospital have performed more than 480 liver transplants as well as the state’s first combined pediatric heart-liver transplant.
The transplant program performs whole, split, and ABO incompatible liver transplants using deceased or living donor livers to treat a range of common diagnoses, including acute liver failure, alagille syndrome, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, autoimmune hepatitis, biliary atresia, and intrahepatic cholestatis.