Target: Boston Children’s Hospital
Goal: Commend Boston Children’s Hospital for restoring young lives by starting the world’s first children’s hand transplant program
On Monday, Boston Children’s Hospital announced the start of a children’s hand and arm transplant program designated to bring normal lives to children who had lost their limbs due to infections or accidents. The program has begun to select children for the transplant, seeking candidates who are at least 10 years old and have lost both their hands. The selected children will go through an orientation process where they are instructed to sign a consent form (worded in simple, child-friendly language) and told of the implications of the operation, such as having to take immune system suppressants for the rest of their lives. Selected patients will receive the operations and three months of care for free.
Some concerns about the program include financial burdens on the patient’s family after the three months of free care and uncertainty of how long the transplanted limbs would last. However, Dr. Bohden Pomahac, director of Brigham Hospital’s plastic surgery and transplantation program, is quoted by the Boston Globe as saying that hand transplants in children are likely to be more successful, as their nerves regenerate faster.
By signing this petition you will help thank Boston Children’s Hospital for starting a hand transplantation program that will help restore numerous young lives.
Dear Boston Children’s Hospital,
I have recently learned of your new hand transplantation program that will allow children over the age of 10 to receive new hands and arms to replace those that they lost to infection or accidents. I commend you for working to restore these young patients’ lives and bringing to them the gift of motion and activity, so that they can live like normal children again.
Though finding donors for children is difficult, every operation counts. The operations may only cover a small percentage of all the children who need new limbs, but to the child who receives it, it means the world.
Again, I commend you for starting this transplantation program for children and encourage you to work toward expanding and improving in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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