Maine Girl Returns Home After Six-Organ Transplant

A 9-year-old Maine girl is home after undergoing a transplant of six organs to remove a tumor that was spreading throughout her abdomen.

Doctors at Children's Hospital Boston replaced Alannah Shevenell's stomach, liver, spleen, small intestine, pancreas and a portion of her esophagus in October.

It's believed to be the first-ever transplant of an esophagus and the largest number of organs transplanted at one time in New England.

The surgery was necessary to remove a massive and rare cancerous tumor that was overtaking her organs and closing in on her heart.

The spunky, bright-eyed girl returned Wednesday to her home in Hollis and is enjoying sledding and her scrapbooks.


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  • by Bless you! Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:46 AM
    God bless you dear! What a brave young woman you are! I had a colon re-section last year and a liver re-section and am doing well thanks be to God-I can't imagine all that you have been through. God watch over you and protect you! Long life and much happiness little one!
  • by M on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:03 AM
    Poor little girl...I wish her a speedy recovery!
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