Our infant niece had hypoplastic left heart syndrome and she was very lucky to have gotten a heart transplant. She is currently having a terrible time with the anti-rejection medicines they are giving her and we understand that her immune system is probably not good and she should not be around people. Do you think it would be OK for us to visit her as long as we wear masks?
Thanks so much for answering my question. We are very thankful that our niece has been given the gift of life and we hope that everyone who sees this, becomes an organ donor. We never gave it much thought until our family was touched by this tiny baby's transplant.
Hi Jack -
Thank you for your email, you are right to wonder if and when visits can safely be made to new organ transplant recipients. Many organ transplant programs have very specific rules about visitation so the baby's parents can check with the baby's nurse if she is still an inpatient. If she is home, the parents will likely have been given instructions as to visits. As a general rule, if you have any symptoms of a viral illness (fever, even low grade, runny nose, cough, headache, muscle aches) you should not visit a new transplant recipient (even with a mask). If you are well, then likely a mask is not needed. Most transplant recipients will require gradually decreasing amounts of immune suppression medication so even if you are not able to visit now, likely you will be welcome soon.
Finally, thank you for your comments about the importance of organ donation, it is true that most people don't think much about it until or unless they know someone in need. I hope your neice will have a speedy recovery and a very healthy and happy New Year!
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