Scott Simon (left) and Jacob Brancheau (right), shown with John Magee, M.D., received the 999th and 1,000th pediatric transplants at Mott.

Best Christmas Gift Ever

One organ donor saves lives of 999th and 1,000th pediatric transplant patients

issue 18 | spring/summer 2013

On Christmas Day 2012, early-morning phone calls delivered the best gift ever for two Michigan families. The calls from the University of Michigan Transplant Center notified two 15-year-old boys that organs had been donated to save their lives.

Within 24 hours, the boys became the 999th and 1,000th pediatric transplant patients at Mott. The recipients were Scott Simon, a freshman at Fowler High School, and Jacob Brancheau, a tenth-grader at Monroe High School.

For U-M, the boys represent a significant milestone. No other Michigan hospital has done as many pediatric transplants.

"Reaching 1,000 pediatric transplants is a point of pride. This story illustrates the amazing impact of organ donation. Two young men received the greatest Christmas gift ever: a second chance at life," says John Magee, M.D., transplant surgeon and director of the pediatric abdominal transplant program, who led the teams that performed both operations.