Encouraging outcomes for heart transplant kids

Despite problems of geographic isolation, a small population and low organ donor rates, paediatric heart transplant survival in Australia is on a par with the rest of the developed world, say Victorian researchers.

Their study of all paediatric heart transplant patients at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital since the first intervention in 1988 shows a 90% survival rate in the first year, 82% at five years and 68% at ten years.

The highest risk of death is in the first year and long-term morbidity is