Pediatric Transplant Patient Stories

Pediatric Transplantation

Pediatric Transplant Patient Stories

More Patient Stories

Read about the experiences of adult transplant patients at UW Hospital and Clinics.

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.
 
Kidney Transplant: Rigby's Story

Kidney Transplant: Rigby

Rigby was born with end-stage kidney failure and prune belly syndrome. His father donated a kidney to his young son, and the family considers the UW Transplant team as part of the family, too.
8/10/2018 | Kidney Transplant: Rigby's Story

2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Meiyee Chen

2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Meiyee Chen

During the summer of 2015, Yimeng and Shaonan Chen believed they would need to say goodbye to their baby daughter Meiyee. After taking her to American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison at the beginning of the summer, they learned ...
3/30/2018 | 2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Meiyee Chen

2014 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michaela Layton

2014 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michaela Layton

At age 17, Michaela Layton was a healthy, athletic high school senior. She rarely got sick, so when she didn't feel well in late 2012 she thought she had the flu. Blood tests at her local hospital proved otherwise and she was immediately sent to...
3/30/2018 | 2014 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Michaela Layton

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kameron Pryne

2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kameron Pryne

A transplant journey often involves the love and support of the entire family, but in 11-year-old Kameron Pryne's case, he also had his father's own transplant experience to help him along. Kameron's dad, Jake, experienced kidney failure and re...
3/30/2018 | 2015 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Kameron Pryne

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Braxton Hanson

2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Braxton Hanson

At four years old, Braxton Hanson is full of life and love. He enjoys school and adores his little brother, Blake. But Braxton did not have an easy start in life. He was born 14 weeks premature and spent the first eight months of his life in the...
3/30/2018 | 2016 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Braxton Hanson

2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Justin Mandeville

2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Justin Mandeville

Justin Mandeville has suffered from kidney problems since he was a toddler. He spent much of his time at American Family Children’s Hospital, and when he was 6 years old, doctors needed to remove his kidneys to save his life...
3/30/2018 | 2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Justin Mandeville

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...
6/30/2017 | 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'...
6/28/2017 | Amazing Kids, Amazing Stories: Ali'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...
11/23/2016 | Liver Transplant: Ezekiel's Story

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...
9/26/2016 | Twelve-Year-Old Aspen Promotes Wisconsin Donation Registry

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.
3/25/2015 | Back in Tune: Living Donation Restores Musician's Health

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