ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 12-year-old Oklahoma girl is the 500th young heart transplant recipient at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University Heart Center.
St. Louis center marks 500th heart transplant
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis heart transplant program has reached a significant milestone — 500 heart-only transplants.
The St. Louis Children's and Washington University Heart Center says the 500th transplant began Wednesday and was completed Thursday morning. The surgery took 10 hours.
Hospital replaces leadership after blood transfusion mistake
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital has removed its president and several other leaders following an unusually high number of patient deaths, a loss of some federal funding and a recent case in which a patient died after receiving a transfusion of the wrong blood type.
U of Chicago, central Illinois heart-care groups team up
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Springfield's Prairie Heart Institute has joined with University of Chicago Medicine to strengthen heart care for patients in central and southern Illinois.
Prairie Heart Institute announced Monday the collaboration will improve services for those with advanced heart failure, heart transplants and mechanical devices to aid circulation.
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Michigan hospital suggests fundraising for heart transplant
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids-based hospital system has denied a heart transplant to a 60-year-old woman because of funding concerns, recommending instead that she fundraise $10,000 for the procedure on her own.
Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths.
Matt Millen stepping away from BTN job to focus on health
CHICAGO (AP) — Former NFL star and Detroit Lions executive Matt Millen is stepping away from his TV analyst job for the rest of this season to focus on his health.
Girl surprised by Drake thrives with new heart
West Virginia University plans to offer heart transplants
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's Heart and Vascular Institute plans to start offering the first heart transplant program in the state.
WVU Medicine officials announced the plan Wednesday at a news conference also attended by Gov. Jim Justice. Justice said residents of the state deserve to have the procedure available in their home state.
Oregon’s only heart transplant program shuts down
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The only Oregon hospital to offer heart transplants abruptly shut down its program Friday, leaving nearly two dozen patients on its waitlist to seek out-of-state treatment and hundreds of others in limbo for post-operative care.
It came just two days after Oregon Health & Science University in Portland said it was putting its program on hold for two weeks as it sought to replace three heart failure transplant cardiologists who had left or would be gone by Sept. 30.
8 heart-transplant candidates transferred to Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Eight heart-transplant candidates have been transferred to a Seattle hospital following the suspension of a heart-transplant program at an Oregon facility.
The University of Washington School of Medicine said in a statement Friday that the patients were taken to UW Medicine.
Oregon Health & Science University said earlier that it was working to transfer the 20 patients on its waiting list to other transplant centers, including those in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Last heart transplant doctor leaves Oregon hospital
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The only remaining doctor in Oregon's only heart transplant program has resigned, leaving the state with no medical facilities that can perform the life-saving procedure.
Oregon’s only heart transplant hospital suspends procedures
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The only hospital in Oregon that does heart transplants is suspending its program for 14 days because of a shortage of doctors qualified to do the specialized surgery.
The move leaves more than two dozen patients to decide whether to wait out the temporary shut-down or seek care at another medical center, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Girl gets heart transplant after visit by Drake
11-year-old girl gets heart transplant after visit by Drake
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago girl has received a heart transplant just days after she danced her way into a hospital visit from Drake.
Surgeons performed the transplant on 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez on Monday at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital. The Canadian rapper visited Sofia there after seeing a video of her dancing in a hospital hallway to his song, "In My Feelings." The video inspired a viral dance craze.
Navy assistant focusing on football after son’s transplant
ARNOLD, Md. (AP) — Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper can concentrate fully on football this summer, a luxury he does not take for granted.
A year ago, Jasper endured a six-month ordeal in which his son was hooked up to a life-support system following a problematic heart procedure. After fighting to survive, Jarren Jasper received an artificial pump and finally underwent a heart transplant in late January.
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Houston hospital loses heart transplant Medicaid funding
HOUSTON (AP) — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has stopped funding a Houston hospital's renowned heart transplant program amid scrutiny over patient deaths.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital that in early June suspended its heart transplant program for two weeks amid scrutiny over patient deaths loses Medicare funding next month.
HOUSTON (AP) — A famed Houston heart surgeon whose work was scrutinized in an investigative series by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica has sued the publications for defamation.
Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier in the lawsuit filed Monday also argues he was subjected to emotional distress by the series the publications jointly produced on the heart transplant program at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital that suspended its renowned heart transplant program for two weeks amid scrutiny following the deaths of two patients could lose federal Medicaid funding.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center was notified Friday that Medicare plans to halt funding to its heart transplant program on Aug. 17, the Houston Chronicle reports .
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital announced Friday that it has reactivated its renowned heart transplant program after a two-week suspension of all medical procedures following the deaths this year of several patients.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital has suspended all medical procedures in its renowned heart transplant program following the deaths this year of at least three patients and the departure of several senior physicians.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center said Friday that the transplant program will be inactive for 14 days as administrators assess what's gone awry.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former NFL player and general manager Matt Millen says he is being treated for a rare disease that has robbed his heart of most of its normal function.
Brian Hayden’s lifelong smoking habit left him weak, breathless and on the doorsteps of death. A heart attack and eventual heart transplant have been the result, and the Universal City resident is quick to tell others to avoid the nasty habit he experienced for so long.
BYU senior has lived through three heart transplants, asking for more to check donor box
Across Utah County, there are people waiting for donations, whether it is a needed organ, bone marrow or blood that will save their lives. Others have given these life-saving donations to complete strangers. Gift of Life highlights those involved in the medical donation process.
Lauren Holbrook was 12 when she had the sudden, overwhelming desire for orange juice and sweet pickle relish.
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In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart.
Man who helped save Dickinson theater during Harvey needs heart transplant
Tired and short of breath, thinking he had the flu, John Reyes of Dickinson went to the doctor in November, only to find out he was suffering from heart failure.
The 37-year-old father of six now waits for a heart transplant at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. As he waits, he has the prayers of members of the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, which provided his family with shelter for almost a week after the Reyeses were flooded out of their home by Hurricane Harvey.
Abbott Laboratories’ HeartMate 3 heart pump for advanced heart failure kept more patients alive for two years with fewer incidents of stroke than the company’s prior left ventricular assist device (LVAD), according to clinical trial data unveiled at an industry conference.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral is going back on the road, five months after his heart transplant.
The 28-year-old singer says in a post on his Facebook page Monday that he will play seven concerts in Portugal and Spain between May 26 and July 28.
Sobral is also reportedly working on his second album, which is expected to be released by the end of the year.
FLORENCE, S.C. — Cooks for Christ will hold a chicken bog benefit on Thursday to raise money to help Daniel Cole, a heart transplant patient.
The benefit will be held at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plates of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread will be sold for $7. Orders of seven or more plates can be delivered. Drive-through lanes will be open, and a bake sale will be held all day.
Heart failure at age 32 forced National Guard veteran to leave service, fight for life
Sara Parcell was 11 when she learned her father would need the first of two heart transplants. But even after spending much of her childhood in ICU rooms with him, she didn’t recognize her own risks for heart disease until she got the same diagnosis at age 32, forcing her to leave active duty in the National Guard.
Jarren Jasper, son of Navy offensive coordinator, comes home after successful heart transplant
Jarren Jasper, the son of Navy football offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, has returned home from the hospital after having a successful heart transplant two weeks ago.
Jarren Jasper is coming home! pic.twitter.com/8lv8Oimdt8 Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) February 14, 2018
Jasper, 14, returned to his family's Annapolis, Maryland, home Wednesday.
Eurovision winner Sobral shares post-transplant performance
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has given fans a performance of sorts for the first time since his heart transplant.
A video clip of the 28-year-old Portuguese singer covering part of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" was posted on his Facebook page Tuesday.
It's not clear when or where Sobral made the solo recording that shows him picking out piano chords and singing in English. His representatives didn't reply to inquiries.
Physicians at Houston Methodist Hospital have now performed more than 1,000 heart transplants since Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. completed the first one at the hospital 50 years ago.
Houston Methodist Hospital has joined an elite group of hospitals in the country that have achieved more than 1,000 heart transplants.
Father donating kidney to son: ‘It’s what you do to keep your kids alive’
DeKALB – It has been close to two years since 19-year-old Ricky De La Cruz underwent a life-saving heart transplant.
Although the surgery allowed him live a more active life, Ricky still suffered from kidney problems, which eventually became so severe he needed a kidney transplant.
Luckily, Ricky did not have to wait long to find a donor. His father, Lalo, will donate one of his to his son Monday.
“It's what you do to keep your kids alive,” Lalo De La Cruz said.
VCU Health to mark 50th anniversary of 1st heart transplant
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — VCU Health Pauley Heart Center is offering a series of free health screenings and community events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant in Virginia and to advance heart health in the state.
Dr. Richard Lower performed the first human-to-human heart transplant in the state on May 25, 1968, and took part in 393 heart transplants before he retired in 1989.
Eurovision winner Sobral has successful heart transplant
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has left a Portuguese hospital after a successful heart transplant.
The Santa Cruz Hospital near Lisbon says the 28-year-old Portuguese singer made a "very satisfactory" recovery from the transplant he underwent in December. But the hospital statement on Friday says Sobral's activities will be limited for the time being.
Michael Peter Kaye, surgeon, teacher, researcher, patriot and devout family man, died at the age of 82, on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.
Born to Lithuanian immigrants, Mike was born and raised on Chicago's south side. Growing up with a strong interest in science, he studied chemistry at St. Louis University and went on to receive his medical degree from Loyola University's Strich School of Medicine.
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.
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Anacortes man aims to inspire fellow transplant recipients
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Years after receiving a heart transplant, Matt Castle wants to be an example.
"It gave me a second chance," he said.
Castle, a 46-year-old Anacortes resident, swims for Team USA in the World Transplant Games, an international competition for transplant recipients, where he's setting records and bringing home gold.
South Dakota woman donates her old heart to her alma mater
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Anyone can give from the heart, but Katie Tuff had the rare chance to give her heart.
After a heart transplant in April, Tuff donated her old heart to Presentation College.
Transplant recipient gives donor family heartbeat recording
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota heart transplant recipient has given a teddy bear with a recording of her heartbeat to her organ donor's family.
Alyssa Sandeen, 27, received Kate Leekley's heart in a transplant after Leekley died at the age of 20 in a car crash involving a drunk driver in 2013.
MUSC could soon begin to offer heart transplants to Medicare patients again
Medical University Hospital has re-applied for Medicare approval for its heart transplant program, about 6 months after the federal health insurance program stopped paying for such surgeries due to the hospital's low volume of heart transplant procedures.
Dr. Pat Cawley, CEO of the Medical University Hospital, told the MUSC Board of Trustees on Thursday that the hospital had completed the 10 transplants necessary this year to secure Medicare funding.
POIPU — Julie Kobayashi, a 15-year-old from Waipahu, got to enjoy the Bungalow 5 at the Sheraton Kauai Resort Monday afternoon.
Kobayashi, a recent heart transplant recipient, is the 2016-17 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion, and was on hand with representatives of the Wilcox Health and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children to accept a $20,000 contribution from the Sheraton Kauai Resort.
20 years later, heart transplant beats on
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As John Bryant left the Medical University of South Carolina in the summer of 1997 — a year and a half after the heart attack that set it all off, after he passed out in his sister-in-law's house with his niece yelling, "Uncle John, don't you do this to me" — one of his doctors imparted one more reminder of mortality.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Twins plan to welcome Hall of Famer Rod Carew back to Minnesota next month.
The Twins said Tuesday that Carew will return to Minnesota on July 3. It's his first trip to the state since receiving a heart and kidney transplant in December.
Carew and his wife, Rhonda, will hold a news conference that day. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at that night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.