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Faces of Transplant: Lauren Shields

Name?

Lauren Shields
What is your connection to transplant?

I received a heart transplant.
Why did you choose to have your care at Columbia?

I originally was at another hospital but when my family learned about Morgan Stanley's Pediatric ICU and their succesful transplant program they had me transferred.
How many years are you post-transplant?

This April will be nine years. 
What is your quality of life like now?

I am back to doing all the things I did before my transplant. I have celebrated many milestones since transplant and will be graduating from high school this June. It is amazing to think that none of this would have been possible without the miracle of transplantation.

Tell us about your relationship with your transplant team.

My transplant team is my second family. I will be forever grateful to them. They cared for me but also provided support and encouragement throughout the whole process. 

 

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