Stories about: Kidney Transplant Program

Saving six: Life before and after transplant

An organ transplant is a life-changing event extending far beyond the operating room, the clinics and the hospital walls. Read about five children, one young adult and their families, whose lives were forever changed by the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Lydia’s liver transplant, a mom’s gift

Living donor liver transplant recipientDawn Cavanagh gave her daughter life twice — first when she was born and, again, when she gave 13-year-old Lydia a piece of her liver last summer. The donor-approval process, which occurs with Boston Children’s partner Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, required hours of medical screening, including an interview with a social worker, who asked if Dawn expected anything in return for being Lydia’s liver donor. “And I said, ‘Of course I expect something,’” explains Dawn. “’I expect her to live a long and happy life, and I expect her to be with me for a long time.’”

More than a year after her liver transplant, for Lydia’s birthday, Aug. 1, the Cavanagh family went on Lydia’s Make-A-Wish trip, a Disney cruise to the Bahamas. “We had so much fun,” says Dawn. “She’s a happy kid. She has dreams. She wants to be a transplant nurse, and she wants to work on 10 South at Boston Children’s Hospital.” 

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Celebrating milestones and memories

We are honored U.S. News & World Report has named Boston Children’s Hospital the #1 pediatric hospital in the nation. It’s an opportunity for us to step back and celebrate your amazing families and your special moments — your baby steps, birthdays and graduations. You are the reason we do what we do.

You inspire us.

Kidney transplant recipient Ayden SwimmingThree-year-old Ayden went swimming for the first time following his kidney transplant, while his best friend Aubrey, below, also a kidney transplant recipient, celebrated her 3rd birthday. The two still keep in touch, as they travel through the transplant journey together.

Neonatology twins

At birth, twins Sophie and Maddie weighed under two pounds each. This month, these spirited sisters celebrated their 8th birthday together at home.

heart surgery recipients go to prom

Logan and Allie met as babies when they both had heart surgery at Boston Children’s. This spring, they attended the prom together.

A boy with leg length discrepancy graduates

Following a series of limb-lengthening operations throughout his childhood, George recently graduated from high school and is off to St. Andrew University in Scotland to study biochemistry.

Bryan at the Eversource walk following life-threatening brain AVM

Following AVM surgery, Bryan completed the seven-mile Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s. He also fundraised more than $10,000 for the hospital. 


Bridgette West’s family just moved into a new home — their first— after calling Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center home for months while Bridgette battled cancer

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Kidney donation runs in the family

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In addition to being relatives, Susie Percy, her brother Paul Bears, Jr., her father Paul Bears, Sr. and his brother-in-law Bill Cashell all have one thing in common — they each have one kidney.

“Kidney donation is a family affair,” says Susie.

Thirty-four years ago, Bill Cashell gave a kidney to his son Sean, who was born with a rare genetic condition called Alport syndrome. Eleven years later, when Sean needed a new kidney, his Uncle Paul, Sr. stepped forward. And nine years after that, when Sean was experiencing rejection, Paul Jr. offered to donate to his cousin.

Fast forward 14 years.

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