Five Lifesaving Organ Transplants in 48 Hours Means a Very Busy Weekend at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

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Transplant and surgery teams at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Children's Health recently performed five lifesaving organ transplants in 48 hours. (Photo: Business Wire)

STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Weekends at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford can be busy, but one recent weekend in July yielded a remarkable 48-hour whirlwind of multiple organ transplants.

“Five transplants in that amount of time is unusual in a children’s hospital”

It started Friday night, July 17, when doctors separately performed a heart-lung transplant and a liver transplant at the hospital. The next day, three hours after completing the heart-lung surgery, the same surgeons performed a heart transplant on a baby. Then, on Sunday, a young girl got a new kidney, while in another operating room a young adult received a long-awaited liver.

To say it was an action-packed weekend would be an understatement.

“Five transplants in that amount of time is unusual in a children’s hospital,” said surgeon Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD, chief of the division of transplantation and the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Professor in Pediatric Transplantation at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “But when it happens, we’re prepared. This really shows the depth of the institution and our transplant programs.”

All of the organs came from deceased donors. Unlike with living donors, the hospital’s transplant teams don’t get much notice – or time – when a matching organ is located. Often, the organs come at a critical point for the patient, who may have been on the transplant waiting list for weeks, months or even years.