Heart Transplant

Kristin Matthews

During a high school pep rally in 2003, her younger brother jokingly scared her by jumping on her back, causing her to faint.

After multiple tests, she received the shocking diagnosis of congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Doctors say a heart transplant is essential to her survival. However, while she’s sick enough to need heart failure treatment, her heart function has not declined enough to add her to the transplant waiting list.

NFT Patient of the Month 2012-10-15 11:09

Noah is facing a health battle most of us can’t even imagine, and he’s only 9 years old.

Young Noah was recently diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and both his mother and grandpa have been afflicted with similar conditions. Doctors say a heart transplant is critical to his survival.

Steve Terrebonne

Earlier this year, while driving, Steve suddenly felt like an elephant was sitting on his chest.

He pulled over and called a friend for help, then called 911 and was rushed to the hospital. Steve was shocked to learn he had suffered a heart attack—so severe it’s often called “the widow maker”—and had 99% blockage in his heart. Until that day, he had never experience a single symptom of heart disease.

July 20, 2012

Stacy and Jason Bingham of Haines, Ore., already endured the arduous transplant waiting list until their oldest daughter, Sierra, now 12, found a match for a new heart.

Now, they may have four more rounds on the list to undergo. All five of their children have been diagnosed with genetic heart abnormalities.

June 28, 2012

From the Boston Herald:

A former science teacher from Holbrook was New England’s first total artificial heart transplant patient, a jubilant medical team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced today.

Aubrie Miller

Aubrie began fighting for her life before she was even born. On February 29, her mother learned Aubrie was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy during a routine ultrasound. After she was born on March 14, little Aubrie was immediately transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for treatment and care. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to her survival. Thankfully, she received her lifesaving transplant on May 22, 2012!

April 11, 2012

For the second year in a row, 87 adult hearts were transplanted at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Center in 2011, more than at any other hospital in the country, the hospital announced today.

"Cedars-Sinai's commitment to the patient with advanced heart failure is unmatched," said Dr. Eduardo Marban, director of the institute."We are the No. 1 heart transplant program in the world."

In 2005, Sean was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy after a virus attacked his heart. He woke up in the middle of the night unable to breathe, and doctors ultimately decided the best treatment was to implant a defibrillator. However, while he was on the operating table, the surgeon decided that at just 28 years old Sean was too young for the procedure and attempted to treat his illness with medications instead.

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