The Boston Globe's Game Changers: Making kids whole
The Boston Globe launched a new magazine, Game Changers, spotlighting a broad range of contributors to the Massachusetts economy, and highlighting the entrepreneurism that has made the state a national leader in such areas as education, technology and life sciences. The Globe's inaugural class of Game Changers includes Amir Taghinia, MD, director of Boston Children's Hospital's groundbreaking hand transplant program.
The future of face and hand transplants
Members of the medical community are currently debating the national rules that govern the how deceased donors’ faces and hands could be allocated for transplant, tackling ethically challenging questions such as which patients across the country should get priority for these surgeries as they become more common. As part of its coverage on this developing practice, the Boston Globe interviewed Amir Taghinia, MD, surgical director for the Boston Children's Hand Transplant Program, for professional insight on how children should be prioritized.
Boston Children’s starts hand transplant program
A front page story in The Boston Globe reports that Boston Children’s Hospital has started the world’s first pediatric hand transplant program. The research-based program will offer bi-lateral hand transplants for children living without two functioning hands. A hospital ethics committee approved the program following a two-year review and evaluation of potential recipients will begin immediately. The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, WCVB-TV Channel 5 and WBZ Radio also reported on the announcement.