Tag: "Heart Transplant"
It was no secret that former Vice President Dick Cheney has had longstanding, serious heart problems. He went public about a year ago with news that a left ventricular heart assist device (VAD) had been implanted in his chest. But the public and transplant world were surprised to find that Cheney had undergone a heart transplant last [...]
Here’s a potentially scary story about one of our patient who literally had his lifeline stolen out from under him.
Nick Belfiglio was 55 when he had his heart transplant at Barnes Hospital. The hospital’s program had just started. Doctors hoped his transplant would buy Nick five more years of life. They undershot a little. Twenty-six years later, Nick is doing well. But don’t blame the doctors for underestimating, says Dr. Greg Ewald, medical director of [...]
A quick history lesson before we tell you about Cindy Conrad: Organ transplant was first attempted in the 1950s. At first, the only transplants performed were living donor kidney transplants between identical twins, who, being genetically identical, were automatically a perfect match. In the 1960s and 1970s, surgeons tried other types of transplants. But steroids, [...]
In the season of giving, as our gift to you, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite transplant stories from the Washington University- Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center in 2011. Enjoy these two for starters: First, the story of someone who gave the gift of life, and in doing so, got a gift of his own. From March, here’s the story [...]
You may have seen our earlier post about Jonathan Sadowski, Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s first heart/kidney transplant patient. It’s been over a year since his ground-breaking surgery, and this young man is thriving. I remember meeting with him just after his transplant in 2010, and he was very frail and unsteady, getting ready to go home and [...]
Our partners at Mid-America Transplant Services, the region’s organ procurement organization, have a video by donor mom June Laschober in their newest online newletter. She talks about her son, Scott Laschober, a “teddy bear” of a young man, who died just as his life was starting to come together. June tells how in the face of this tragedy, making [...]
A little over a year ago, we interviewed a young man who was very sick. He was on the transplant list, hoping to receive not only a new kidney, but also a new heart. As our coworker Scott mentioned last week, Jonathan scored a “hat trick” when it comes to hearts. He’s had three – [...]
This up-and-down World Series is giving all but the most stout-hearted Cardinals fans fits. Luckily for Sam Frisella, of O’Fallon, MO, he now fits that description. Frisella had waited since July for the call that would tell him a donor heart had become available. Little did he know it would come before Game 1 of the [...]