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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Girl’s dual heart, kidney transplants a VUMC first

Ahmya Calloway recently became Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s first pediatric dual heart/kidney transplant patient. (photo by Daniel Dubois)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently performed its first pediatric dual heart/kidney transplant on a 13-year-old girl from Chattanooga.

According to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) data, there have been just 37 heart/kidney transplants in children younger than 18 performed in the United States since 1998.

Ahmya Calloway had end-stage renal failure that impacted her heart function. She received her lifesaving heart transplant on May 2, and early on May 3 surgeons implanted her kidney.

Ahmya’s mother said the journey to transplant has been a long one.

The back-to-back surgeries came nearly one year after she was listed for both organs and five years after she began dialysis. Continue reading
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