Posts Categorized: Transplant

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 »

Children’s: Top-Notch Care for Both Body and Spirit

By Sharon Nanz, mother and Lindsey Nanz, daughter Background: Our daughter Lindsey was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis in September 2009, at age 13. PSC is a progressive disease that causes inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts in the liver, as well as cirrhosis. The condition gradually worsens and complications develop. The only viable treatment… Read more »

Matisse Reid: Life Begins at Children’s

A Life without Eating Imagine sitting down at the dinner table and not being able to eat anything on your plate. For Matisse Reid, eating is something she has been unable to enjoy for nearly 10 years. Born with a rare medical condition called chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo obstruction, Matisse has been fed intravenously her… Read more »