Family’S Journey: Over 1,000 Miles Traveled For Life-Saving Heart Transplant

Ten-year-old Brady Thompson and his family made a temporary move from their home in South Dakota to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2023 to ensure Brady could receive a life-saving heart transplant at the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Brady was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition characterized by underdeveloped structures on the left side of his heart. He had already undergone three complex open-heart surgeries and was in need of a heart transplant to improve his condition. After being admitted to Mott Children’s Hospital, Brady received the news that a heart had become available for him. The successful heart transplant was performed by pediatric heart surgeon Vikram Sood, M.D. Brady’s stamina continues to improve as he undergoes physical rehabilitation to increase his strength and endurance.

Brady’s mother, Terisa Thompson, expressed her overwhelming gratitude for the selfless choice made by the donor family. She also praised the support system and care provided by the University of Michigan Health pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation team. Brady is eagerly looking forward to enjoying new activities and returning to regular school next fall for fourth grade. Sinicropi, a nurse practitioner from the transplant team, assured the Thompson family that they didn’t go through all of this to hold Brady back from anything. She emphasized their goal of facilitating a normal life for heart transplant patients, allowing them to play outside, participate in gym class, and keep up with their friends without worry.

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