Infant’s heart transplant is 1st for Neb. hospital

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April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa infant’s heart transplant is the first of its kind at a Nebraska hospital. Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha says the pediatric heart transplant performed early Monday on 2-week-old Lainey Wilkinson is a first for the hospital. Officials say the operation went well for Lainey, who was born with a congenital heart defect. She is recovering as expected in the intensive care unit.

Officials say the United Network for Organ Sharing gave the hospital interim approval last month to begin performing heart transplants. Officials say it’s a significant development for families in the immediate area and around the Midwest. Lainey has been hospitalized at Children’s since her birth. Her parents are from Council Bluffs, Iowa.