Pediatric Transplantation

Pediatric Transplant Patient Stories

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The UW Health pediatric transplant program's success can be seen and heard in the words of its patients.
 
Read the stories below to learn about transplant at UW Health from those who have experienced it.
 
Twelve-Year-Old Aspen Promotes Wisconsin Donation Registry

Twelve-Year-Old Aspen Promotes Wisconsin Donation Registry

Aspen Johnson loves to play baseball and golf. He's also an aspiring chef who hopes to own his own restaurant one day. And right now, at age 12, he's the newest voice behind the Yes I Will Wisconsin radio campaign in the La Crosse area, hoping to enc...
10/14/2014 | Twelve-Year-Old Aspen Promotes Wisconsin Donation Registry

Lung Transplant: Miller's Story

Lung Transplant: Miller

Miller has a passion for musical theater. He loves to sing and perform in musicals such as Grease and Sweeney Todd. But in the past few years his passion became a burden as his cystic fibrosis began to quickly take its toll. "I had to push throu...
10/14/2014 | Lung Transplant: Miller's Story

Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Will's Story

Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Will

A few weeks after he was born, Will Andrews of Madison was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition called biliary atresia. This means that Will's bile was not draining properly – a condition that could ultimately have led to liver fail...
5/20/2014 | Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Will's Story

Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Ali's Story

Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Ali

When Ali Wandschneider was 3 years old, her mother, Lori, was told that her little girl had just 20 hours to live - unless she got a liver transplant. A liver was found for Ali, who had a rare, genetic liver disease, and UW Health Dr. Anthony D'...
5/20/2014 | Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Ali's Story

Kidney Transplant: Laina's Story

Kidney Transplant: Laina

Kidney disease isn't just an illness that affects adults or the elderly. In the United States, more than 1,000 children are awaiting life saving kidney transplants, 17 in Wisconsin today. This fact became a startling reality for the Koenig famil...
4/03/2014 | Kidney Transplant: Laina's Story

Liver Transplant: Trevor's Story

Liver Transplant: Trevor

As Told by Dawn, Trevor's Mother Trevor was a typical fun-loving and energetic five-year-old boy before his liver began to fail. After several days of hospitalization involving extensive medication and a barrage of tests, it became clear he...
4/03/2014 | Liver Transplant: Trevor's Story

Liver Transplant: Isaac's Story

Liver Transplant: Isaac

Isaac Weinberg was barely a teenager when he was diagnosed with Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma (EHE), a rare form of cancer that affected his liver. With few treatment options for the cancer, which only affects a few hundred people worldwide, ...
4/03/2014 | Liver Transplant: Isaac's Story

Liver Transplant: Ezekiel's Story

Liver Transplant: Ezekiel

The following article was written by Michelle, the mother of UW Hospital and Clinics liver transplant patient Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a normal, playful 2-year-old boy until the day I happened to notice that the whites of his eyes were a yellowish c...
4/03/2014 | Liver Transplant: Ezekiel's Story

The Gift of Life, Again: Father Donates Kidney to Son

The Gift of Life, Again: Father Donates Kidney to Son

What's a father to do? When Randy Holcomb learned that his 15 year-old son Zach had Wegners disease, a very rare disease that landed Zach on the kidney transplant wait list, Randy immediately stepped up to donate his own kidney. Now 16, and the owner...
11/30/2012 | The Gift of Life, Again: Father Donates Kidney to Son

Back in Tune: Living Donation Restores Musician's Health

Back in Tune: Living Donation Restores Musician

Fourteen-year-old Aviva was exhausted prior to her first high school final exams. Her family thought it was mononucleosis. Tests revealed liver disease serious enough to require a transplant.
11/29/2012 | Back in Tune: Living Donation Restores Musician's Health