World's First Back-to-Back Heart-Liver-Kidney Transplants

2 patients. 6 organs. 27 hours.

Several rooms apart in the University of Chicago Medicine ICU, Sarah McPharlin and Daru Smith were on an unexpected journey into the record books, forging a unique friendship along the way.

Both 29, they became the first patients to receive back-to-back triple-organ transplants to replace failing hearts, livers and kidneys. The procedures took place from Dec. 19 to 21, 2018. A holiday miracle, some called it.

According to federal data, it is the first time a U.S. hospital has ever performed more than one of these complex procedures within one year, much less within 27 hours. Their cases are the 16th and 17th time this type of triple-organ transplant has ever been performed in this country.

With the addition of these two cases, UChicago Medicine has now performed six of these procedures, more than any other institution in the world. Continue reading

Daru & Sarah's incredible story was featured in the September issue of Chicago magazine

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Leaders in Complex Transplants

With one of the nation’s leading organ transplant programs, UChicago Medicine has performed more heart-liver-kidney transplants than any other institution. We continue to build upon our success and history of innovation to bring the best possible outcomes to our patients, including (left to right) Neil Perry, Daru Smith, Sarah McPharlin and Apurva Patel who all received triple-organ transplants within a year’s time.