A record number of 4 heart transplants were performed in children and adolescents during a single month: two combined heart and lung transplants were performed in a girl aged 10 with Cystic Fibrosis and a boy aged 9, who had suffered from lung disease since birth; a heart transplant in a girl aged 8 who suffered cardiac dysfunction; and a heart transplant in a youngster aged 17 who suffered from cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease). This brought the number of heart transplants to four in one month at Schneider Children's. During the entire year of 2010, only two heart transplants and one lung transplant took place in Israel.
Parallel to the heart and lung transplants, two other transplants took place: a liver was transplanted in a 17-year-old girl who suffered liver failure, and a kidney transplanted in a 16-year old girl who suffered from renal dysfunction. Inbal, mother of 17-year-old liver recipient Maya, said that "I am very grateful to the donor family for their courageous deed. We are happy that it fell to our lot to receive the liver, and there are no words enough to thank them. We share in their grief".
Schneider Children's Medical Center conducts the majority of organ transplantations in children in Israel. Since its establishment, over 300 heart, lung, liver and kidney transplantations have been performed in infants, children and adolescents with success rates on a par with the finest medical centers in the world.