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I was wondering is a heart transplant recipient still the same person at heart?

Great Question! I would say that to have gone through such an experience, a heart transplant recipient is more than the person they were! It's like layers - they have added something to themselves and this new heart enhances their energy and spirit, and the experience may invigorate their life's passions!!

Will a child with ebstein's anomaly require a heart transplant?

Unlikely. End-stage cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease with ventricular failure are the primary indications.
Usually not. Ebtsein's anomaly is often mild and may be asymptomatic for a long time. Moderate or severe cases with a lot of leakage of the valve usually require surgery to repair the tricuspid valve. These are mostly successful nowadays transplant is rarely indicated.

Does the new heart mend to the old parts during heart transplant?

Somewhat. The removal includes atria and ventricles and leaves some atrial, aortic, pulmonary artery to match and sew to the new donor heart.
To a degree. Interesting question. The various body parts and organs are dependent on the blood flow or cardiac output from the heart. Depending upon the degree they were compromised with the old/damaged heart, they will be rejuvenated by the new heart. Most of the old heart is removed, so that there is little to 'mend.'.

What if your child needed a heart transplant? How do you find a heart that small?

You're right. It's a big problem. There aren't many. Most heart transplant donors in adults come from motorcycle accidents. Obviously there aren't many children, thank goodness.
OPOs find them. Small children need to receive hearts from brain dead small donors, roughly the same age. In the us every state has organ procurement organizations that search out such potential donors.

If I find cell cept to be too strong, what else can I take for a heart transplant?

Lots of Things. There are at least ten different medicines I can think of off the top of my head to use to prevent rejection. If you think you are having problems with cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) you should discuss this with your doctors at your transplant center. They will work with you to either adjust your dosage or change your regimen so that you will feel better without causing increased risk to your transplant.
Other agents. There are other mycophenolate formulations (one called myfortic); and other anti proliferative drugs that one can take (i.e. Azathioprine, leflunamide, etc). You should discuss this directly with your transplant team before any changes are made.

I got a heart transplant but the medicine is too strong. What can happen if I don't take them?

Bad things. If you are talking about the immunosuppressive medicines very bad things can happen. If you stop your immunosuppression the organ will be rejected and will eventually fail. If that happens with a heart you will die. If they are other medications the results of not taking them would depend on what they are. I urge you to discuss this with your transplant team immediately.
A bad outcome. Discuss this directly with your heart transplant team immediately. Do not change your medications on your own.
Rejection. If you have a transplant, then don't take your transplant meds to prevent rejection, the risk is, of course, rejection of your transplant. That is a whole lot of money wasted, and an organ that could have gone to someone else. See your doctor immediately, and don't stop your medication.

Will having a heart transplant improve my quality of life?

Likely. If you have had the assessment as a candidate, then you have a serious situation and will have maximum treatment while on the list waiting. Lvads are also improving and serving many people.