"Children with certain types of cardiomyopathy and end-stage or inoperable congenital heart disease may require pediatric heart transplantation."
Are there different types of transplants?
"The two types of heart transplants are orthotopic cardiac and heterotopic cardiac transplants.With orthotopic transplants, the most common type, the patient's damaged heart is removed and a healthy donor heart is sewn in its place. In a heterotopic heart transplant, the original heart is left in place, and the healthy donor heart is sewn in next to it."
How long is the wait for a donor?
"it may take days, weeks, months or even years before a donor heart that matches your child's needs becomes available."
How long will the heart last?
There is no certain time frame, but life expectancy is lower than normal. Most transplanted hearts are said to last 10 years before it causes problems and another transplant is necessary.
Organ donation can change and save lives. Many parents don't think about organ donation concerning their kids and often don't want to think about it, but it does make a difference.
"There are approximately 89,000 Americans currently waiting for a donated organ"
"Finding a heart from another infant is very difficult because the pool of potential donors is so small. Experts say infants are less likely than older children to be involved in a fatal accident. They're protected by car seats, watched more closely by adults, and are overall in a safer environment than older children. Parents of newborns also tend to not think about organ donation."
I hope I never have to make the decision to donate my babies organs, but if I do, I will know that I sent someone else a blessing and there life will change for the better.