CHOP celebration reunites organ transplant patients, families with clinicians

"I feel very happy that I was able to be a part of their day."

Antionette Lee
September 23, 2018 - 6:55 pm

Antionette Lee | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia brought together transplant patients, their families, and clinicians for a day of celebration on Sunday.

Dozens of children who received organ transplants at CHOP attended the "family reunion," stocked with cotton candy, games and a bounce house.

Families like the Moellers said they were glad to be there.

"Jade here, when she was five-months-old, she was sick and needed a liver transplant," said her mother, Julia. "I was her living donor and I had surgery at [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania> while she had surgery at CHOP for her new liver."

Now, Jade will enthusiastically say she's happy, healthy and excited for the festivities — specifically, the bounce house.

The festival-like activities give families and clinicians time to celebrate with patients who already received transplants, connect with those who are waiting one, or remember patients no longer around.

"I feel very happy that I was able to be a part of their day," said a volunteer, who did not wish to be named, "make their day, make their week." 

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