He said: ‘At the start of 2020 we had more children in Gosh on the transplant list than I did. had never seen in my 16 years of working in the hospital
“Every day that a child waits there is a greater chance that they will get too sick, even for a transplant, or worse
“Although advances in medicine have progressed, for some children with heart failure, organ donation is really their only hope.
The DCD heart program has opened up more donation possibilities, essentially doubling the number of transplants performed in Gosh in eligible patients weighing over 44 lbs (20 kg), he said.
“This is a game changer and work is already underway to make the technique suitable for our much younger and smaller patients
“Ultimately, however, it always depends on the families who have conversations around their organ donation wishes, and of course, the courage to consider making this precious and life-saving gift at a time of year. unimaginable tragedy
The first patient to receive a DCD heart through the partnership was Anna Hadley, 15
Anna was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy after collapsing during a PE course two months earlier
This rare condition meant that the muscles in the lower chambers of his heart – the ventricles – became stiff and could not fill with blood properly, which affected blood flow to the rest of his body and his heart.
After an evaluation in Gosh, the family learned that Anna’s best chance for recovery was with a heart transplant
Her father, Andrew, said: “After weighing the risks and potential benefits of DCD heart transplantation with a more conventional transplant, we realized that there was only one choice, and we are glad we did
“Five days after the transplant, Anna was walking the halls, chatting and putting her feet up on the staff It was amazing”
Across Britain, there is a shortage of suitable donors, meaning the number of children who would benefit from organ transplants exceeds the number of organs available
Children face longer than average wait times due to difficulty finding the right match and the consent rate for pediatric organ donation is well below the national average adults
Marius Berman, consultant cardiothoracic transplant surgeon at Royal Papworth Hospital, said: “No one else in the world is currently doing this
“It has been an incredible multi-institutional, multidisciplinary team effort to make this possible, involving everyone from nurses specializing in organ donation and retrieval, transplant coordinators, physicians and surgeons
“Above all, none of this would be possible without the generosity of each donor and their families”
Organ transplantation, United Kingdom National Health Service, Heart, Heart transplantation, Medicine
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