Lauren’s life after transplant: Proving the impossible possible

I was born on January 29, 1992 with a congenital malformation called gastroschisis which meant that my intestines were extending out of my body through a small hole in my wall abdominal. I received a liver, small and large intestine transplant in December 1992, just before my first birthday. Although I was transplanted to Pennsylvania, the brilliant Boston Children's Hospital team has been taking care of me since.

When I recovered for the first time in Pennsylvania, my parents were told that I would never be able to swim in the ocean because I should have a central line for the rest of my life. Well, to this person, I would like to say:

I swam in two oceans.

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I've traveled the country twice – hiking and hiking in the Rockies.

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I attended an agricultural high school where I worked with cattle, mounted horses and climbed trees.

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I mounted a camel in Morocco.

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I studied abroad in the isolated Italian Alps.

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I played Quidditch as a college sport.

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I rode on horseback in the tundra in Alaska, I went to Oktoberfest in Germany, I did some snorkeling in Hawaii, I studied in Ireland and more.

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I was able to enjoy these incredible experiences thanks to the incredible team of Surgeons, Physicians and Nurses of Boston Children's, as well as the support of my family and my friends.

The life of organ recipients and their loved ones is not always easy. There are scary times; there are moments of discomfort and discomfort. But if I learned anything during my years at Boston Children, it is that even during these hardships, I will always have the love of my family and my friends and the support of A community of the brightest doctors, nurses and hospital workers. hope for.

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About the blogger: Lauren Ainsworth is a 25-year-old multi-organ transplant . After graduating from university, Lauren pursued a master's degree in anthropology at the American University. She recently started a residential program in conservation, natural resource management and environmental education.

This article is an excerpt from a speech Lauren delivered at the 11th Annual Family Celebration Day of the Pediatric Transplant Center.


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