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Matisse's Story

For almost 10 years, Matisse was fed intravenously as she was born with a rare medical condition called chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo obstruction.

After extensive research of hospitals and centers that did bowel transplants, they kept coming back to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Matisse and her family soon traveled to Pittsburgh from New Zealand to meet with Dr. George Mazariegos, Director of UPMC Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation

Matisse and her family soon received the call that they had been desperately waiting for, donor organs for a small and large bowel transplant.

“The team here at Children’s is very good at making sure the family is a part of the entire process. The whole team has been very supportive and they’ve made every effort to ensure we’re part of the treatment plan, recovery, and decision making process,” says her mother, Jodee.

 

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