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If it seems like a heart transplant might be an option for your child, we’ll ask you to come to the hospital for an informational visit. Your family will meet our pediatric heart transplant team, and you’ll be invited to ask questions and share any concerns you may have. We encourage you to bring family and close friends to this meeting.
If you and the transplant team agree that a heart transplant may benefit your child, your child will be scheduled for an evaluation. This is an extensive array of tests that are usually conducted over the course of four to five days. While this may seem like a lot, these tests are necessary in order for us to:
The evaluation may be done as an outpatient or as inpatient based on the urgency for transplant.
Who will we meet with during the transplant evaluation?
A transplant is a complex procedure that touches different medical specialties – that’s why you and your child will meet Boston Children’s Hospital experts from a number of different areas, including:
What tests are used during the evaluation?
Your child’s specialists will order different tests to understand his past exposure to infections, determine functionality of organs and make sure a donor match is compatible. These types of tests may include:
Blood and skin tests will check for exposure to infections including:
4. Other kinds of tests
After these consultations and tests, our transplant team will meet as a group to determine whether your child is a good candidate for a heart transplant. Our multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that your child’s case will be given thoughtful discussion of every treatment possibility.
If your child is a transplant candidate, we’ll make sure your family is fully educated about the risks and benefits, and your child will be placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”