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Packard’s triple transplant record

In an extremely rare, three-day series of transplants, three young adults received new hearts at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, including an extraordinarily uncommon double-organ heart and liver transplant.

“It was remarkable,” said David Rosenthal, MD, director of the pediatric heart failure program. “We normally perform around 15 heart transplants a year, and now we did three in three days.”

On May 3, Amanda Sechrest, 20, received a new heart and liver. The next day, as Amanda was beginning her recovery, 17-year-old William Wylie-Modro was being prepped for surgery. By Saturday morning, he had a new heart. Completing the three-day chain was 18-year-old James Spencer, who received his lifesaving heart on May 5. 

“On a difficulty scale of 1 to 10, all three surgeries were in the 8 to 10 range,” said cardiothoracic surgeon Olaf Reinhartz, MD, who led all three operations, with liver transplant pioneer Carlos Esquivel, MD, leading the transplant of Amanda’s liver.

The transplant patients are now recovering from their surgeries.

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