Heart Transplant Program
The Heart Transplant Program at Children’s Mercy provides care for children who have no other medical or surgical options to fix a failing heart without serious risk. The transplant program is part of the Ward Family Heart Center, which is nationally recognized as one of the top pediatric heart centers in the nation.
In addition to comprehensive transplant services, we also offer ventricular assist devices (VADs) as a bridge to support children in heart failure who are waiting for a heart transplant. This allows them some freedom and flexibility to continue to learn, grow and develop while they are in the hospital.
Learn more about the Heart Failure program at Children's Mercy.
Conditions associated with heart failure
A child may need a heart transplant for several reasons, including:
Cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscles)
Congenital heart disease (heart disease a child is born with)
Continued heart problems following surgery for a congenital heart disease, such as the heart not working properly or the valves being too leaky
Life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms that cannot be controlled any other way
Your heart care team
The Heart Transplant Program at Children’s Mercy pulls together many types of specialists to meet all your family’s needs. Your team will include: