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"Transplant tolerance means that your body accepts the lung with minimal to no immunosuppression. That's the holy grail of transplant research."
--Gary Visner, MD, medical director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program
If your child has severe end-stage lung disease that no longer responds to treatment, a lung transplant might be an option to give her a longer and healthier life.
A lung transplant is an operation in which diseased lungs are replaced with a healthy replacement pair from another person. Sometimes, only one lung will be transplanted, but in most cases, the transplant surgeon will replace both.
At Boston Children's, your child’s team understands that a lung transplant is a time of hope but also concern for both your child and your family. Our program has been developed to address these concerns through:
We are committed to working with you every step of the way.
Lung transplant: Reviewed by Gary Visner, DO, 2010
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