BOSTON (CBS) — A 9-year-old girl went back home to Maine Wednesday, three months after a groundbreaking multiple organ transplant at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Alannah Shevenell of Hollis underwent 14-and-a-half hours of surgery in October to remove an aggressive tumor and six organs – her stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver, small bowel and the esophagus.
The tumor had twisted around the organs, so they all had to be transplanted.
“They come together sort of as a cluster, so it’s almost like transplanting one big organ,” said Dr. Heung Bae Kim, the director of Children’s Pediatric Transplant Center.
“The only way to take out this tumor was to remove all of the organs that were involved.”