Posts Categorized: Transplant

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 »

My Life as a Transplant Recipient

By: Allison Sklarew Eleven years ago this month, a four-year-old girl was about to be wheeled into the hospital room for a transplant. Although she didn’t understand it yet, she was getting a life-saving surgery. She got a quick kiss on her cheek by her parents and entered the room. She fell under a deep… Read more »

Luke Ball: A New Heart

Luke Ball: A New Heart In January 2004, during a routine ultrasound, John and Stacie Ball learned their soon-to-be son, Luke, would be born with a complex congenital heart defect. With limited treatment options available, this unexpected news sent the family on an emotional roller coaster in understanding the challenges that lay ahead. Although surgical… Read more »

Breathing Easy

Breathing Easy It was in the final game of the 2010 Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley Baseball season last October when 9-year-old Luke Maeding, playing for the Pirates, achieved a milestone that would have been impossible a year earlier. He ran to first base. Less than two months before, Luke, who lives in Nazareth, Pa.,… Read more »

Oliver visits Children’s Hospital

Oliver Wilhelm, 7, of West Virginia, was born prematurely and developed a kink in his bowel that necessitated the surgical removal of more than a foot of bowel. Because of his short gut syndrome, he wasn’t able to eat very much at all as a child. Oliver was listed for a small bowel transplant, which… Read more »