Lung Transplant

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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

Lung transplant

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.

  • According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), short-term survival from lung transplant has improved.
  • If your child has both heart disease and pulmonary disease, he or she could be a candidate for a heart-lung transplant.

Debra Boyer, MD, Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches a lung transplant

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:

  • strong integration with a number of highly-specialized initiatives at Boston Children's, such as the Cystic Fibrosis Center, Pulmonary HypertensionPulmonary Vein Stenosis, Infant Lung Disease and End-Stage Lung Disease programs
  • experts from additional sub-specialties throughout Children's, who will join your child’s care team as needed
  • Child life specialists, psychologists, social workers and resource specialists who will be there to support your child and your family before, during and after transplant

We are committed to working with you every step of the way.

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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