Primary Children’s Patients Celebrate Gift of Life, Record Year for Liver Transplants

Primary Children’s Hospital patients and families join the hospital’s Liver Transplant Program to celebrate a record-breaking 20 pediatric liver transplants completed in 2017 – including the hospital’s first split-liver transplant to benefit a Primary Children’s infant patient and teen patient at once. The program is ranked 9th in the U.S. for number of transplants performed and 2nd in the West. The celebration will include Intermountain Donor Services, and coincides with National Donate Life Month.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, from 10-11 a.m.
WHERE: Primary Children’s Hospital Eccles Outpatient Services Building, Level 1 Rotunda, 81 N. Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City (across the street from the main hospital).
VISUALS: Recipients/families of the split-liver transplants will speak; patients receiving transplants in 2017 and their families share cupcakes with hospital caregivers; patients participate in the Donate Life flag-raising ceremony with Intermountain Donor Services.
AGENDA:
• 10 a.m. — Patient, caregiver celebration and refreshments
• 10:20 a.m. — Patients and physician speakers
• 10:45 a.m. — Donate Life flag-raising
BACKGROUND:
Primary Children’s Hospital is home to one of the most advanced heart, liver and kidney transplant programs in the country, and serves a larger geographical area than any other pediatric transplant center in the United States. Since the hospital’s first organ transplant in 1988, the Primary Children’s transplant program — a partnership with University of Utah School of Medicine and Intermountain physicians — has grown to provide the gift of life to as many as 47 patients in a year, some as young as 7 weeks old. About half of the organs transplanted come from living donors. Overall in 2017, 40 Primary Children’s patients received the gift of life from organ donations, including heart, kidney, liver and bone marrow transplants.