If your child needs a heart transplant, you’re probably feeling lots of emotions all at once. Fortunately, heart transplants in children offer many kids the chance to live a healthy life once they recover from surgery. Our Nemours pediatric cardiology experts are here to help if your family’s facing a pediatric heart transplant — providing comprehensive, compassionate care every step of the way.
Most children with heart disease can be successfully treated with medicine, surgery, and/or non-surgical procedures. But for some children with end-stage heart disease, pediatric heart transplantation may be the answer. A heart transplant is an operation that replaces a diseased heart with a healthy heart from another person.
Heart transplants in children are only recommended for those who would not be able to live without having their heart replaced. Illnesses that can affect the heart in this way include complex congenital (from birth) heart defects and cardiomyopathy (when the heart muscle is inflamed and doesn’t work as well as it should).
Heart transplants can offer children the chance to live healthy lives once they recover from surgery. At Nemours, if your child needs a heart transplant, we focus on your child’s quality of life before, during, and after a pediatric heart transplant. Of course, we want your child to come through a transplant with flying colors. But at Nemours, we aren’t just concerned about helping your child live — we’re concerned about quality of life, how your child feels and functions over the long-term. Our goal — our hope — is that your child will enjoy continued improvement and progress that opens the doors for a long lifetime of possibilities.