Posts Categorized: Transplant

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 »

Make Room for Kids

The transplant unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is getting a multimedia makeover thanks to Make Room for Kids, a social media-driven fundraising project, and local Microsoft employees. Working with the Mario Lemieux Foundation, the group partnered to raise money and multimedia donations to outfit the transplant unit with gaming equipment and laptops…. Read more »