14-year old girl lives 118 days without heart

14-year old girl lives 118 days without heart
# 20 November 2008 10:41 (UTC +04:00)
Miami-APA. A 14-year-old girl will soon be on her way back home after two heart transplants and surviving without a heart for nearly four months between the surgeries. Miami University Jackson Memorial Hospital said the surgery had no analogue so far. This is the first time that two pumping devices have been used to temporarily replace the heart of a pediatric patient.
The new heart didn’t work properly after first transplantation, and it was removed two days later. The girl lived with artificial heart pumps, but no heart, for the 118 days between the transplants.
The second surgery was successful.
Doctors said D’Zhana should be able to do most things other teenagers do, but she does have a 50-50 chance of needing another heart transplant before she turns 30.
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