Adrianna Martinez, Transplant Recipient

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Adrianna was born without her small intestines...

Adrianna was born November 1, 2008, without her small intestines. She could not eat like a regular infant so, in order for her to have a chance at life she had to be on total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and lipids. After being put in contact with a doctor that had performed transplants on children, Dr. Khalid Kahn, we were told that we would have to wait at least a year or for her to be 18 to 20 pounds in order to receive a transplant. Her first year of life was the hardest. She was in and out of the hospital for a two week minimum for what seemed like every other month. The year of being on the TPN and lipids had ruined her liver.

On November 8, we got a call that a transplant had become available. We were at UMC in Tucson, Arizona. They scheduled her transplant surgery for November 9. There were no guarantees that her body would accept the organs. We were in the waiting room for what seemed like an eternity. After the eleven hour surgery,  Adrianna received her small intestines, liver, and pancreas. She was taken to the PICU and remained sedated for the next 2 weeks with her abdomen not completely closed. Adrianna progressed much better than doctors anticipated. She was discharged from UMC on December 17, 2009.

Adrianna is now 4 years old and eats regularly. We are so grateful to the family that donated their loved ones organs. The picture that was included in this story was taken on the day of her surgery. Click here for the link from the UMC about Adrianna’s surgery.

Adriana Martínez, beneficiada de trasplante

Adriana nació sin su intestino delgado…

Adriana nació el primero de noviembre de 2008 sin su intestino delgado.  No podía comer como un infante común, así que para sobrevivir estaba bajo el tratamiento de Nutrición Parenteral Total (TPN) y lípidos.  Después de haber contactado al Dr. Khalid Kahn, quien ha realizado trasplantes en niños, nos dijeron que para recibir un trasplante tendríamos que esperar por lo menos un año ó que ella pesara de 18 a 20 libras para poder recibir un trasplante.  Su primer año de vida fue el más duro: ella entraba y salía del hospital mínimo por dos semanas cada vez, lo que hacía parecer que estaba allí cada mes de por medio.  El año que estuvo en TPN y lípidos le arruinó su hígado.

El 8 de noviembre recibimos una llamada comunicándonos que era posible que el trasplante se realizara.  Fuimos al hospital de Tucson, Arizona, UMC y allí le programaron la cirugía de trasplante para el 9 de noviembre.  No había garantía que su cuerpecito aceptaría los órganos.  Estuvimos en el cuarto de espera por lo que parecía una eternidad.  Adriana recibió el intestino delgado, hígado y páncreas después de once horas de cirugía.  Fue llevada al PICU y permaneció sedada por las siguientes 2 semanas con su abdomen medio abierto.  Adriana progresó mucho mejor de lo que los doctores anticiparon.  Fue dada de alta de UMC el 17 de diciembre de 2009. 

Adriana tiene 4 años de edad y come regularmente.  Estamos muy agradecidos a la familia del donante  que donó los órganos de su ser amado.  La fotografía que incluye esta historia fue tomada el día de su cirugía.  Este es el enlace del hospital UMC sobre la cirugía de Adriana:

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  1. April 29th, 2017 | Mike Martinez |

    Below is a picture of Adrianna as of a couple of weeks ago at her uncles house. She is enjoying school now. She'll soon be 9 in November. Words can not describe how thankful we all are for her gift of life.

  2. July 1st, 2014 | Raven |

    This is my sister Adrianna and she means the world to me! Even though she can be annoying sometimes I love her with all my heart and nobody could replace her!

  3. July 1st, 2014 | Raven |

    This is my sister Adrianna and she means the world to me! Even though she can be annoying sometimes I love her with all my heart and nobody could replace her!

  4. May 16th, 2013 | Lisa Ferguson |

    I couldn't imagine not having this precious little girl around. Adrianna is the happiest thing ever and is such a joy. Thank you to all donors out there because without you Adrianna would not have the life she does!


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