Category Archives: Life After Transplant

Going For Victory: 16 Tips On Life From 3 Transplant Games Competitors

Written by:

The Donate Life Transplant Games are not the Olympics. In some ways, they’re even more amazing.

This annual competition is open to anyone who’s received an organ, tissue, corneal, or bone marrow transplant, and also to donors.  Read More

Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

Personality Changes To Watch For After A Child’s Heart Transplant

Written by:

A heart transplant is a major, life-altering surgery. So, is it really any wonder that this experience can drastically change a child’s frame of mind?

If you think about it, kids who receive transplants can go from being quite ill—and possibly also dependent on machines to help their hearts function—to being able to gain the independence that their peers might take for granted.  Read More

SeanAkers_blog

Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

5 Facts About Pediatric Palliative Care—And How It Can Help Heart Kids

Written by:

Lots of people confuse palliative care with hospice care. So, when a child is referred to palliative care—as are all our heart kiddos who are being evaluated for a transplant—parents might think this means that their child’s situation is hopeless.

That’s not what palliative care means. While there are some similarities between palliative care—called the Hand in Hand Program here at Children’s—and hospice care, these services are actually quite different.  Read More

Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."