Pediatric Transplant Center Patient Stories
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CHOP’s 300th Heart Transplant Patient: Gabo’s Story
After suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, Gabo needed a heart transplant. A year later, this active 9-year-old is participating in his favorite activities again, including hiking, skateboarding and ballet.
Kidney Transplant for Prune Belly Syndrome: Jaxon’s Story
Five-year-old Jaxon is playing soccer and baseball for the first time after a successful kidney transplant surgery on Christmas Day 2020.
Lung Transplant: Leah’s Story
Born with a rare lung disorder, Leah is one of the youngest patients to go from a heart-lung bypass machine to successful lung transplant.
Lung Transplant: Jacob’s Story
Despite Jacob’s weakened condition, CHOP successfully performed a lung transplant that other programs thought he wouldn’t survive.
Heart Transplant: Makai’s Story
A diagnosis of heart failure stunned Makai and his family. After a heart transplant and many dire health emergencies, he’s back to being an energetic teen.
Liver Transplant: Josie’s Story
As a baby, Josie received a liver transplant. This began a 10-year journey that included bonding with her donor’s family and a generous gift to help future transplant patients.
Liver Transplant in the Midst of COVID-19: Briana’s Story
As COVID-19 swept through Philadelphia, Briana’s biliary atresia worsened. She needed a liver transplant. CHOP safely performed the surgery. Now Briana’s future is bright.
Heart Transplant: Tenlee's Story
Tenlee was 3 days old when her family learned reconstructive surgery wouldn't be enough to save her life — she needed a new heart.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant: Angy-Mike’s Story
When seemingly healthy Angy-Mike was diagnosed with cardiac disease, his family was shocked. A new heart got this high school wrestler back on the mat.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Kidney Transplant: Owen’s Story
As an infant, Owen needed three open-heart surgeries. As a teen, he needed a new kidney — which his mother donated.