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Patient Madeline Hunt Released from Children's

December 17, 2003

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 Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit

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