Patients and families from all over the UK came together to celebrate life after small bowel transplantation at an event organised by Birmingham Children’s Hospital, one of only two paediatric centres in the UK that carries out intestinal (small bowel) transplants.
The Liver Unit’s 7th Intestinal Transplant Family Day took place at the Tally Ho Conference Centre in Birmingham, ahead of National Transplant Week (9 – 15 July).
Twenty patients and their families travelled from all the over the country to attend along with staff from the Liver Unit for a day of activities including entertainment for the younger and older children, whilst their parents and carers joined in a series of talks. Topics included a national and international update on transplantation, information about hormones, nutrition and stoma care. There was also a session especially for parents about how to broach the subject of organ donation with their children.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital Chief Executive, Sarah-Jane Marsh, presented the patients and their siblings with special commemorative medals and cut the cake with two patients who have just celebrated their 10 years post-transplant milestone.
Dr Gupte, Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist, says: “It’s especially important to remember organ donation during this week, National Transplant Week. The children who undergo intestinal transplantation would have otherwise died, if not for the ‘gift of life’ handed to them by the donor families. It gives immense pleasure to us all in the transplant team when a child who has previously not been able to eat begins to after their intestinal transplant. We are proud of all of our patients, families and their achievements.”
Photo caption: Reece, who has recently celebrated 10 years post-transplant, with Dr Beath and Dr Gutpe
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).