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Stories from the transplant journey

Erin, a heart recipient, kisses her fiance
PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIN

On April 11, transplant recipients and their families gathered at Boston Children’s Hospital to speak about their transplant journeys during a special nursing grand rounds. As Donate Life Month draws to a close, we share excerpts from their stories, made possible #becauseofadonor.

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Organ donation: Sorting myths from facts

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: DAVID CHRISOM/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Every April, the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital honors Donate Life Month by raising awareness and celebrating lives saved because of organ donation. Part of raising awareness involves addressing the many myths and misconceptions that surround the process. For example, the majority of Americans support organ donation, but only 58 percent actually register to become an organ donor. That’s likely due in part to misinformation about organ donation. Here’s the truth behind six common myths.

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Because of a donor: Three transplant recipients celebrate their successes

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The gift of organ transplant can open a whole new world of opportunities to recipients. Please join us in celebrating all the members of Boston Children’s transplant community — including three who are enjoying successes made possible #becauseofadonor.

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Joshua’s journey to heart transplant

Nineteen-year-old Joshua has been a patient at Boston Children’s Hospital his entire life. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart disease, Josh required five open-heart surgeries along his journey, and on Aug. 4, 2014, he received a heart transplant. Four months later, family members gathered for Thanksgiving dinner, each giving thanks. When it came time for Josh to speak, he said, “I am thankful for my new heart, and I am thankful to give it a very good home.”

Josh’s mom Barbara shares the family’s extraordinary journey.

Learn more about the Boston Children’s Heart Transplant Program.

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