If you show 2-year-old Cambri Collins a Mickey Mouse or My Little Pony episode on the iPad, she is mesmerized. The toddler has always been a spunky and joyful girl, so when Cambri’s mom, Amanda Massena, heard the words “liver transplant,” she was devastated. After failed attempts to feed Cambri rice cereal, Amanda made an appointment […]
Whether it’s skiing, swimming or zip-lining, Chris and Amanda Gilbreath enjoy the outdoors and physical activities year-round with their sons 7-year-old John and 16-year-old Codie. But this kind of family fun wasn’t always easy or even possible for John. Born with failing kidneys that had to be removed, John required nightly 10-hour sessions of peritoneal […]
Dev Desai, M.D., Ph.D. Surgical Director of Visceral Transplant, Children’s Medical Center Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Immunology, UT Southwestern WHAT HE DOES: Performs kidney and liver transplants, many times traveling to procure the donor organ. BORN AWORLD AWAY: Spent his first two years of life in Bulsar, India; makes regular visits to see […]
May 8, 2012 — Janet St. James of WFAA Ch. 8, covers the Mother’s Day gift a North Texas Mother is giving to her 3-year-old son.
Q: I’ve heard about an organ crisis. What does that mean? A: It means that the need for organ transplants vastly supersedes available organs. That has always been the case, and it continues to be the case today. Q: What do you say to families to explain the benefit of organ donation? A: One of […]
Q: How does the process of speaking to families begin? A: A call to STA is required on all patient deaths and all imminent patient deaths. At Children’s, it’s generally the nursing staff, physicians or nurse practitioners who make the call to us. The organ donor protocol begins with a referral of a patient that […]
March 1, 2012: CBS Ch. 11 covers the story of Blake Pearce, a teenage boy in need of a new kidney. Blake, his mom and transplant surgeon Dr. Dev Desai are interviewed.