Tag: heart transplant

The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

James Williams is the kind of guy who has worked at keeping himself in shape. In his line of work, it’s a smart thing to do. A former high-school athlete, Williams served in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint in Desert Storm, and spent 23 years in law enforcement.
But in 2007, at age

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30 Years of Heart

30 Years of Heart

Hank Mihelcic spends a lot of time working in his yard. That doesn’t sound out of the ordinary until you learn that Mihelcic is 84. Even more amazing is the fact that 30 years ago, he received a new heart.
Mihelcic was the 29th adult patient to undergo a heart transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, previously

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ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

John Hamblin began running in half marathons—the majority of them in the St. Louis area—when he was in his mid-40s. Then he discovered 50-in-50 clubs, members of which set the goal of running half or full marathons in all 50 states. Hamblin was inspired, and between 2009 and 2015, he ran half marathons in 15

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Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

If you ask anyone who was part of Rick Bales’ care team, they’ll all agree his story is rather remarkable. In January, Bales underwent a heart transplant procedure. The surgery only lasted a few hours, but his journey to a new heart began more than two years ago, after he survived a massive heart attack.

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Former heart transplant patient helps others

Former heart transplant patient helps others

Yesterday, Gene Ridolfi, MHA, RN, executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, was invited to speak at the dedication of a new apartment in St. Louis dedicated to transplant patients. A heart transplant recipient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Larry Bonds created a foundation to fund community initiatives such as apartments for patients who

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National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

Today is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, which encourages everyone to take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. We’re sharing the story of Jesus Parrilla, who has become an avid walker while waiting for a new heart.
Jesus Parrilla says exercise has always been a big part of

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Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

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

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Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

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VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

Here’s a potentially scary story about one of our patient who literally had his lifeline stolen out from under him.

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