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Can a child receive a heart transplant from an adult?

Hi, I was wondering if it would be possible to know if a child age 7 would be able to accept a heart from an adult or teen donor? Or if they can only accept heart transplants from another child donor. Many thanks. 

submitted by Hannah from Australia on 3/26/2014


by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Hari R. Mallidi, MD  

Hari R.Mallidi, MDThe decision is based on size. Often children are too small to accept adult or teen organs. If the child is large for his/her age and the donor is small, it is possible. 

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