SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) –It is National Donate Life Month and Primary Children’s Hospital has a lot to celebrate with saving lives and a record year for liver transplants.
The hospital is one of the top transplant programs in the country. They also performed their first split liver transplant to patients in their hospital on the same day. One half went to a toddler, the other to a teenager.
You would never know upon meeting 2-year-old Brycen McKen that he nearly died waiting for a liver in his young life.
“Beginning of the year was so hard with Brycen hovering between this life and the next,” said Shayli Mcken, mother.
The first attempt to transplant Brycen failed because he was unstable in the operating room. But this past New Year’s Eve, Brycen and his family got the life saving answer they’d been waiting for.
The other half of Brycen’s donated liver was given to 15-year-old Sophie to save her life.
“Being able to take one organ and divide it to save two children is really amazing,” said Dr. Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, Primary Children’s Hospital Surgical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplantation.
As Intermountain Donor Services raised the Donate Life flag, they can’t stress enough the power and life changing gift of organ donation.
Overall in 2017, 40 Primary Children’s patients received the gift of life from organ donations including heart, kidney, liver, and bone marrow transplants.
The hospitals liver transplant program is ranked 9th in the the U.S. for the number of transplants performed and 2nd in the west.