Patient Madeline Hunt Released from Children's

Seattle, Wash.: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center announced that patient Madeline Hunt was released from the hospital yesterday.

Seattle, Wash.: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center announced that patient Madeline Hunt was released from the hospital yesterday.

One-year old Madeline Hunt was born with Citrullinemia, a rare genetic disorder caused by the lack of an enzyme that plays a role in the breakdown and removal of nitrogen from the body. She underwent a liver transplant on Sept. 17th; however, a blood clot developed in her transplant liver, requiring a second liver transplant that took place September 24.

The surgeries were led by Dr. Patrick Healey, chief of transplant surgery at Children’s, and a team of transplant specialists, including surgeons, gastroenterologists, critical care physicians, nurses and anesthesiologists, in addition to specialists in social work, nutrition, and child life.


“We are very happy to announce that Madeline has been released from Children’s and is doing very well. We want to send out a special message of appreciation to our friends, family and the entire community for all their support over the past several months. We feel so grateful for the well-wishes, thoughts, and prayers that have come even from people who have never met Madeline.

Madeline’s recovery since her second transplant has gone as well as could be expected, though it has been a long road. Children’s doctors say that her future medical outlook is great and that she will be a healthy, normal child. We feel very hopeful that her progress will continue to go well. Madeline’s care team at Children’s, including doctors, nurses and many others, has been outstanding.

Right now, we are looking forward to being back home with Madeline and spending quiet time as a family this holiday season. We ask that the media please respect this. In the next 3-6 months, as our lives settle back down after such a momentous year, we anticipate being available for media interviews to offer a public thank you, give an update on how Madeline is doing, and once again stress the importance of organ donation. We will contact media directly when that time comes.”


About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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