Sharn (optissima) wrote in little_details,

I need some information about quality of life after a heart transplant. I can find all kinds of information about the transplant procedure, but not much about what the recipient can expect after the transplant.

Can an adult's heart be transplanted into a child? Assuming the transplant goes smoothy and the recipient's body doesn't reject the new part, how soon after the transplant can the recipient resume normal activities? What kind of everyday activites most people take for granted are off-limits to heart transplant patients?

I know this depends on all kinds of things, so for the sake of these questions, the recipient is man in his early twenties. Because of a defect in his heart, he had a transplant about 10-12 years before the story takes place.
Tags: ~medicine (misc), ~medicine: illnesses: heart problems

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