Kids Who Had Liver Transplants to Reunite at Golisano Children's Hospital

August 15, 2002

Living testaments to the marvel of modern medicine, at least a dozen children who had liver transplants at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong will gather Saturday to reunite with the team of specialists who helped saved their lives. Since the pediatric liver-transplant program at Golisano Children's Hospital began in 1997, more than 25 children have received new organs. Many of those children and their families will attend the reunion, which is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Helen Wood Hall, 255 Crittenden Blvd. Among those planning to intend are: · Melissa Resch, of Ontario, who was the first child to receive a new liver in Rochester. Her transplant surgery took place Aug. 14, 1997, at Golisano Children's Hospital. · Danielle Tracy, of West Henrietta, who was 13 months old when she had liver-transplant surgery Nov. 17, 1998. · Savannah Warner, of Binghamton, who was 6 months old when she received a liver in February 1999. This was the first living-related liver transplant in Upstate New York. · Megan Cash, of Corning, who received part of her father's liver Aug. 28, 2000. · Alani Young, of West Henrietta, who received a new liver in September 2000. Suffering from a life-threatening metabolic disorder, her doctors knew the only real chance for a cure was to remove the girl's liver and replace it with a healthful one. Each of these lifesaving procedures was performed by Luis Mieles, M.D., a transplant surgeon at Golisano Children's Hospital. Members of the transplant team will attend the reunion.

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