17-Year-Old Eagle Scout Receives Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s 500th Kidney Transplant

Achievement Places Children’s in Elite Group of Pediatric Transplant Centers

ATLANTA (Feb. 2, 2011)—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta performed its 500th kidney transplant Jan. 28, 2011. Children’s is only the second pediatric kidney transplant program in the Southeast to achieve this milestone and one of only a handful in the United States, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Connor Comeans, 17, a senior at Northgate High School in Newnan, Ga., received the milestone transplant. An Eagle Scout who loves acting and reading, Connor first met Children’s Nephrology and Kidney Transplant teams when he was diagnosed with renal failure at age 9. When friends and family learned Connor needed a new kidney, 27 people offered to be tested for donor candidacy. The Emory Transplant Center determined a family friend from Snellville, Ga., was a clinical match, and on the morning of Jan. 28, the donor underwent a nephrectomy, or kidney removal surgery, at Emory University Hospital. Across the country, more than 6,000 transplants are made possible by living donors each year.

“In the past 30 years, we’ve watched the gift of life take place within our walls 500 times and the magic of the process never fades—from watching the transplanted organ turn pink to seeing a resurgence in the patient’s energy just days after surgery,” said Barry Warshaw, M.D., Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. “With the growth of paired exchange organ donation, we are hopeful that an increase in available organs will allow us to save the lives of more children through transplant in the near future.”

Established in 1980, the Children’s Kidney Transplant Program is recognized as a leader in kidney transplants, as well as nationally known for excellence in patient care and medical research. The Children’s Kidney Transplant Program has achieved several groundbreaking accomplishments, including:

  • In 2010, Children’s completed its first paired exchange kidney transplant.
  • In 2009, Children’s completed the most transplants of the 120 centers performing pediatric kidney transplants in the country.
  • Children’s end-stage renal disease (ESRD) program offers lifesaving dialysis at Georgia’s only pediatric dialysis unit and manages an average of 38 pediatric dialysis cases a month

Children’s solid organ transplant programs, including liver, heart and kidney, are located at the Children’s Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center at Children’s at Egleston. The Center provides full pre- and post-transplant outpatient services in a centralized location. Since 1988, the Children’s Heart Transplant team has completed nearly 250 pediatric heart transplants. Since 1990, the Children’s Liver Transplant team has completed more than 350 pediatric liver transplants.

For more information about the Children’s Transplant Program, visit www.choa.org/transplant.

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About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

About the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University
The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia.

Tags: General News, Kidney Transplant, Surgery
Published: Wednesday, February 02, 2011