Donor in girl's multi-organ transplant found

WPTZ | By Savannah Pratt Special to CNN

(CNN) - Nearly a week after Kyree Beachem's rare triple organ transplant, she has been taken off sedation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The operation was a success and Kyree's mother, Nan Beachem, is thrilled that Kyree is alert and holding her hand. Family and friends are happy to see Kyree's eyes once again.

"It is like Christmas came early," Beachem said.

Eight-year-old Kyree has Hirschsprung's disease, which occurs when nerve cells are missing in the muscle of the colon. While the Pennsylvania child waited for an organ transplant, her condition became worse. Her liver was failing, and she'd already been admitted to the hospital because of bleeding.

Kyree's family was surprised when doctors informed them that a potential donor had been found. At 2 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, Kyree was rolled into the operating room for a transplant of her liver, small bowels and pancreas. During the transplant, doctors were unable to close her abdomen because of swelling from the new organs. Doctors were finally able to close it on December 1 by using a biosynthetic material to replicate the muscle structure of her abdomen.

Even as Beachem celebrated the transplant they'd waited five years for, a thought lingered in her mind. She knew that organs were woven into Kyree's small, frail body because another child had died.

"I couldn't wish for that call, because I knew that for us to get that call what had to happen," Beachem said. "If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. But I couldn't wish for somebody to lose a child. It wasn't in my power to wish the transplant call would come."

Shortly after the surgery, Beachem, who has posted about Kyree's surgery on Facebook, Continue reading