HealthWatch: 3 Heart Transplants In 3 Days At Packard Children’s Hospital

STANFORD (CBS 5) — Three people have a new chance at life after they received heart transplants at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. The transplants took place over a three-day span earlier this month.

On May 3rd, 20-year-old Amanda Sechrest, a freshman and Saint Mary’s College, received her heart transplant. The next day, a transplant was performed on William Wylie-Modro, a Gunn High School senior who is planning to attend UC San Diego. On May 5th, 18-year-old James Spencer of Lassen County received his new heart.

All three were born without serious heart defects, but faced early deaths without the surgeries.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Sechrest, Wylie-Modro and Spencer were all reunited at the hospital on Friday with their medical teams and families.

Packard Children’s Hospital is the only medical center that performs pediatric heart transplants. According to the hospital, 15 transplants are typically performed in a year.

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