Posts Categorized: Transplant

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 »

A Blog by Luke

By: Luke Maeding, double-lung transplant recipient at Children’s I’m at the hospital in Pittsburgh. You can get beads for every time you have surgery or something scary done. They are Beads of Courage. Each day you circle the beads you need for your child. Find the day you are on and circle the beads you need…. Read more »