Jett would receive transplant care at Children's Mercy.
"I have cared for him since he was just 2 weeks old," says Dr. Chadha. "I focused on providing comprehensive care until Jett's body was large enough to receive an adult kidney. Once Jerry Casey was approved, radiologists at Children's Mercy printed a 3D model of his kidney to ensure the adult organ would fit in Jett's body. The partnership between his family and physicians was critical to successful care. Jett has a strong, stable, committed family, and they made the difference."
The Caseys chose The University of Kansas Health System for Jerry's care.
"Our doctors at Children's Mercy gave us several options, and I just said, 'Which would you choose?'" Allison says. "I trust this team with my children's wellbeing, so I trusted the recommendation for Jerry's care, too, without hesitation. Let's do it!"
In a carefully orchestrated process, physicians at The University of Kansas Health System removed a kidney from Jerry Casey and transported it to Children's Mercy, where surgeons Walter Andrews, MD, and Bartholomew Kane, MD, transplanted it into Jett Casey's small body. Just 10 days later, Jett headed home, the doctors describing the surgical process as "textbook."
"The procedure went extremely smoothly," says Sean Kumer, MD, PhD, transplant surgeon at The University of Kansas Health System. "We have a tremendous amount of experience in organ transplantation and an excellent partnership with Children's Mercy. In addition, we have a huge infrastructure of support professionals, from nurse coordinators to social workers. A lot of people spend a lot of hours dedicated to supporting transplant patients in every way. Together, this team helps make a complex process roll out in a very organized way."
The Caseys complimented the collaboration between The University of Kansas Health System and Children's Mercy in ensuring the day unfolded seamlessly and successfully.
"The teams are so connected, so coordinated," Jerry says. "There is really great communication among the team members. We felt very comfortable with the whole process."
This was especially important to Allison. As she could not simultaneously be with Jerry and Jett, she and Jerry decided she would remain with their son before, during and after surgery.
"There were a lot of logistics to manage," she says. "Both hospitals had transplant coordinators, and they were amazing. I never even met the team that took care of Jerry, though we spoke often by phone. Even though it's my nature to do it, the coordinators never gave me a reason to doublecheck on anything. They were always on top of it, and did such a great job preparing us for what to expect."
"The partnership between Children's Mercy and The University of Kansas Health System runs like a well-oiled machine," Dr. Chadha adds. "We always want the best possible outcome for every patient, but this one was truly exceptional."