Stories about: Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC)

‘Like night and day’: Kellen’s new kidney

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Kellen with his care team: Drs. Michael Ferguson, Asaf Vivante, Heung-Bae Kim and Khashayar Vakili

Like any parent, Brittany Young has scores of photos of her four children, whether they’re celebrating the holidays, visiting Disney World or just goofing around. But it’s a picture of her son Kellen at Boston Children’s Hospital that has the potential to bring tears to a viewer’s eyes. Surrounded by his care team, Kellen sits in his hospital bed, a wide smile on his face. There, amid the stuffed toys and colorful blankets, rests a seemingly innocuous item: a package of Pampers. Yet for Kellen and his family, those diapers mean so much more. They’re a sign that this little boy’s newly transplanted kidney is working just as it should.

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A bond rooted in kidney transplant: Catching up with Ayden and Aubrey

We celebrate National Kidney Month with a look back at a special friendship sparked by kidney transplant.

Close-up of Ayden as a toddler. Ayden was born with polycystic kidney disease and received a kidney transplant.

Ayden was born with polycystic kidney disease.

Close-up of Aubrey as a toddler. She was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome at 4 months old.

Aubrey was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome at 4 months old, and by age 18 months, she had both kidneys removed and was on dialysis.

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From the heart: The tale of a three-time transplant recipient

Tim, who had two heart transplants and a kidney transplant, with his family in a wooded area

Playing youth hockey and Little League in the spring of 1988, I started to become easily fatigued. I became very weak and could no longer run around. By May, a visit to my pediatrician resulted in a trip to the Boston Children’s Hospital Cardiology Clinic on Fegan 6 and the first of many cardiac catheterizations I would receive in my life.

The results of that first procedure were shared in my corner room across from the nurses’ station on 6 East (the cardiac step-down at the time): I would need a heart transplant for cardiomyopathy. It was Friday the 13th. I was 10 years old.

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New year. New lungs.

Teenage girl after lung transplant I’ve had asthma and chronic lung disease since I was very young. I had to use everything — from my head to my toes — to help me breathe. I remember being able to hear myself wheezing, to feel my lungs rattling. I had marks all over my face from my oxygen mask. I thought I would never be clear of mucus and never be able to walk without being out of breath.

All I ever wanted was to breathe.

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