baylor scott & white hospital press release — A 14-year old McLane Children’s patient suffering from end stage renal failure has become the youngest person to receive a kidney transplant at Scott & White Memorial Hospital.
The collaboration between the two neighboring hospitals made it possible for the girl and her mother, who donated the transplanted kidney, to undergo the life-saving surgery and recuperate in their own community.
“We have made a commitment and demonstrated our ability to provide transplants to our patients in their home town,” said John Boyd, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of McLane Children’s Hospital and Clinics. “As we celebrate 3 years of service, we want to continue our evolution by meeting a spectrum of needs for children.”
Scott & White Memorial is the only transplant center between Austin and Dallas. In the past, families seeking kidney transplants for their children traveled hundreds of miles away for that treatment. Along with the recent doubling of its overall transplant capability, Scott & White has invested in the increased medical training and specialized equipment necessary to offer kidney transplants to children admitted to McLane Children’s Hospital in the comfort of their own community.
“Pediatric transplant patients are a specialty all by themselves,” said Jacqueline Lappin, MD, FACS, FRCSI, surgical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Scott & White Memorial Hospital.
Because children vary from adults in not only their size, but also in their respiratory, heart and blood pressure rates, specialized approaches and equipment must be employed in pediatric transplants.
“Children are not mini adults. They require special – and specialty—care,” said Danny Little, MD, pediatric surgeon at McLane Children’s Hospital.
The surgical team attending the young patient included a pediatric nephrologist, a transplant surgeon, a pediatric anesthesiologist and others trained in children’s health issues.
“Thankfully, the need for kidney transplants in children is rare,” said Alisa Acosta, MD, MPH, pediatric nephrologist at McLane Children’s Hospital. “But when such treatment is necessary, we can offer the -quality care right here. That’s a huge step.”
About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $8.6 billion* and serving a geographic area larger than the state of Maine, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 36,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For More Information visit: www.BaylorScottandWhite.com.