This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is for parents of children and young people undergoing assessment for possible lung or heart-lung transplantation. A transplant is a serious operation and is not without risk. A transplant can be the only effective treatment option for certain serious lung diseases; however, it is not a cure. In many situations transplantation can lead to an extension of life with improved quality.
The Berlin Heart device is used in children whose hearts are no longer strong enough to pump enough blood around their bodies. There are many different types of conditions which can cause this need for support such as a weak heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) or an infected heart muscle (myocarditis).