News Wise | Seattle Children's Hospital
The 100th heart transplant was led by Children’s surgeons Gordon Cohen, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lester C. Permut, MD, program director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Education and Michael McMullan, MD, surgical director of the ECMO Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Surgeons took approximately eight hours to remove the diseased heart and replace it with the new donor heart.
”Ethan represents the 100 extremely courageous infants, children, teens and young adults to have a heart transplant at Children’s since the inception of our Heart Transplant Program in 1994,” said Yuk Law, MD, director of Cardiac Transplant and Heart Failure Services. “He also represents 100 other patients and families who have made the decision to donate their own or a loved one’s heart to save a life.”
A heart transplant is the process of removing a diseased heart and replacing it with a healthy heart from a deceased donor. This is a treatment option for children with heart defects or diseases that cause end-stage heart disease — a condition that can’t be treated by medications or any other type of surgery. The transplant process requires extensive preparation and lifelong follow-up care. Conditions that may lead to heart transplant in children include: cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and other conditions leading to heart failure. Children’s continues to have one of the best pediatric heart transplant survival rates in the nation.