Posts Categorized: Transplant

Our Journey with Biliary Atresia

When my husband and I welcomed our first child, Elias, 5 weeks early, we were terrified. He was a strong 6 pounds and despite developing jaundice, he was healthy. We took him home a few days later and tried to navigate being first time parents. We went every couple days to have his lab work… Read more »

Banner Care For Our Bonus Baby

By Dawn Campbell, mother of Qavah Our third child was about to graduate from college and we were talking about retirement, travel, and our empty nest, when we found out that God had other plans for us. We were given a bonus baby. That’s the baby that comes along in life long after mom and… Read more »

Hayden’s Journey with Biliary Atresia and Liver Transplant

By Heather Vanzandt, mother of Hayden My son, Hayden William Vanzandt, was born Oct. 17, 2012 in Seneca, Pennsylvania. Weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz., and ranging 23” long, he was a perfectly healthy baby boy, except for his bilirubin level. He had jaundice. I was told by doctors it should go away, but it never… Read more »

Takes More than Medicine to be a Doctor

By Cindy Blackburn, mother of Makenzie Blackburn My daughter, Makenzie Blackburn, received an intestinal transplant at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC when she was only 16 months old and are happy to say that she celebrated her 10 year post-transplant anniversary this past April. We reside in Roanoke, VA, and traveled to Pittsburgh at… Read more »

Choosing Your Transplant Family

By Catherine Herridge, member of the Transplant Auxiliary of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. This blog was prepared as a service to families dealing with organ transplantation. Catherine’s son Peter is a liver transplant recipient. “She’s a rock star.” Hailey Puleo says nothing can stop their 9-year old daughter Acacia.  “She’s a double black diamond… Read more »