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Lurie Children’s (Children’s Memorial Hospital at that time) performed Illinois’ first pediatric heart transplant in 1988. Our Pediatric Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Program, the only program of its kind in the state and a leading transplant program in the country, is widely known for its abilities to provide lifesaving treatment to infants, children and young adults with severe heart disease.
Performing an average of 16 heart transplants each year, our surgeons transplant young patients who have a wide array of complex and high-risk conditions. Patients’ heart problems range from those present at birth (congenital) to arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy.
Despite the complexity of our patients’ conditions, our patient outcomes are better than national averages for pediatric transplant centers. Specifically, our three-year survival rates for patients and the graft (new heart) are above 90%, compared with the 87% national average. Additionally, our wait list times are much shorter than average, based on information available through the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.