50th anniversary of first human heart transplant – Daily Herald

SALT LAKE CITY — Heart transplants have become so successful, that it is easy to forget how remarkable it is to be able to save a life through transplant. This year marks the 50th year since the first transplant on Dec. 3, 1967. At that time Dr. Christiaan Barnard transplanted the heart of a 25 year old woman who was fatally injured in an automobile accident into the chest of a 53 year old man who was suffering from heart failure. Although the recipient died of pneumonia 18 days later, the transplant was considered a success as the heart was functioning normally in its new home. The next big hurdle would be to develop more effective anti-rejection medication. At the time this transplant was performed, it was considered experimental and the world was watching. Since it was successful, other heart transplants followed. Thanks to that first transplant, thousands have benefitted from the gift of a new heart. Utah transplanted their 1,000th heart in 2008. The recipient was a man who expressed gratitude that he was able to hold his first grandchild. The Utah Cardiac Program celebrated their 30 year anniversary in 2015. More information about organ, eye and tissue donation

Irish teen who received heart transplant could end up saving another child’s life – Irish Mirror

A teenage boy who received a heart transplant could end up saving another child as a valve from his own heart could be used as tissue to help a young baby. Teenager Sahin Yasar tells how he will be forever thankful to the heart donor who gave him a second chance at life on the moving RTE series Ministry of Hope. The observational series, which follows three Irish chaplains for a year, captures the emotional journey of Dublin lad Sahin as he is kept alive by a machine in hospital while waiting for the life-saving transplant. His mother Tina told how she wept tears of joys when he went into surgery after he was finally matched with a suitable organ. Previously, suitable hearts were available on seven occasions, but would not be a medical fit following tests. At one stage, the exhausted 16-year-old was prepped and ready for theatre when his parents had to wake him to tell him there was yet another setback. Sahin, who was born with cardiomyopathy, a cardiac condition which rapidly deteriorated at the end of last year, spent nearly eight months in hospital before this summer’s life-saving operation in the Mater Hospital. He said on

Local boy getting heart transplant he’s needed for years – WQAD.com


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Local boy getting heart transplant he’s needed for years
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A child who was born with a rare heart defect is finally getting the heart he always needed. Back in 2014 News 8’s Jenna Morton introduced us to Will Kohn, a kid who had multiple open heart surgeries starting when he was just six days old. At this …

Heart transplant schoolboy Max Johnson, 9, pleads with Theresa … – The Sun

This was originally published on this site ‘PLEASE SAVE ME’ Brave Max Johnson suffers from a crippling heart disease — and he desperately needs an organ donation A SCHOOLBOY who desperately needs a heart transplant has made a plea to Theresa May to change donor laws saying: “Please change the law to save me.” Little Read more about Heart transplant schoolboy Max Johnson, 9, pleads with Theresa … – The Sun[…]

Reaching Great Heights After Heart Transplant – Healthline

This was originally published on this site Healthline Reaching Great Heights After Heart Transplant Healthline Kelly Perkins and her husband scaled some of the world’s tallest peaks after her surgery. Now, the couple is helping get the word out on heart transplants. Kelly Perkins heart transplant. Kelly Perkins received a new heart in 1995 and Read more about Reaching Great Heights After Heart Transplant – Healthline[…]

Heart transplant survivor dies just a few hours after giving birth – CNN

This was originally published on this site CNN Heart transplant survivor dies just a few hours after giving birth CNN It was a celebration of new life for Johnson, who received a heart transplant seven years ago, and her husband, Christian music artist Nathan Johnson. But the 31-year-old mother experienced complications and died just eight Read more about Heart transplant survivor dies just a few hours after giving birth – CNN[…]