“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association gave us hope and provided the support our team of volunteers needed to successfully raise funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA also gave us a sense of peace because we have not had to worry about the financial struggles that are typically part of a family’s transplant journey. Having COTA by Read More

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Kidney Transplant Recipient

Posted on February 12th, 2015

Ethan-Osterman-heart-pic-1Ethan David Osterman was born on February 17, 2012 to his adoring parents, Lauren and Jake — and with a full team of specialists in the room at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. That is because even before Ethan made his appearance, both Lauren and Jake knew this little boy was going to face an uphill battle to survive. In utero, Ethan was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Also while in utero, Lauren and Jake named their yet unborn baby Ethan because the name means strong, safe and long-lived.

On February 25th at just eight days old, baby Ethan had his first open heart surgery. After this surgery, Ethan was kept on paralyzing medication and monitored while his chest remained open for approximately 48 hours. When he woke, he was given a breathing apparatus and a feeding tube via his tiny nose. For the next several weeks, Ethan had many complications and challenges to overcome, but he did so and his parents soon learned he was a strong, brave and resilient baby boy.

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