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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Heart Transplantation

If your child needs a heart transplant, you're probably scared, and you may have a lot of questions and concerns. We're here to help. At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, we've brought together the finest experts in pediatric transplant care--people who focus on caring for children with serious illnesses. Our goal is to make the transplant experience a smooth one by providing compassionate, advanced care in a child-centered environment.

Transplant Expertise

Our pediatric heart transplant team has extensive experience treating the most difficult cases, which often cannot be treated at other institutions.

Many of our patients are considered high-risk and, in the recent past, would have been considered ineligible for transplant. Specifically, we have performed successful transplants in patients who were rejected for transplant by other medical centers.

Team Approach to Care

At Comer Children's Hospital, we have assembled a team of experts to cover all aspects of transplant care, from pre-transplant preparation to post-transplant follow-up care. With renowned heart surgeons and pediatric cardiologists, devoted nurses, and pediatric critical care intensivists, we offer the full spectrum of transplant expertise.

Here, we understand that a pediatric heart transplant is a major event for the entire family, and you may require additional support to deal with emotional, financial, and school concerns. That's why our team includes a dedicated heart transplant social worker and case manager who can help families address these issues. Our team also features child life specialists who work with patients and their siblings to explain care in ways that a child can understand.

Life-Saving Support

Our team offers all of the heart assist devices currently available. We also provide 24-hour extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. This artificial heart-lung bypass machine can help severely ill infants whose lungs and/or heart are not working properly. This additional safeguard is not available at many other institutions.