Health Matters: A Mechanical Heart Helps Patients Waiting for a Transplant

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 26, 2011
A little girl is alive today thanks to a mechanical heart.
Regan Nordling is one of the youngest patients to ever get the device that is buying children time as they wait for a transplant.
Regan was born with Cardiomyopothy, a heart disease both her father T.J. and sister Reese also suffer from.
For 6 months everything seemed to be going fine until Easter when a lack of appetite and fussiness brought Regan to the hospital.
Regan's heart ballooned to the size of an adult and was not pumping property.
Regan was in heart failure and needed a transplant.
Without one immediately available doctors gave the 6 month old a Berlin heart.
The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital is one of thirteen facilities currently using the Berlin heart in trials.
To date, the longest a child has had to go with the device is a year and a half.
Right now, Regan is at the top of the list for a transplant.
The Berlin heart is in FDA trials.
Amplatz has used about 10 of them just one in a patient younger than Regan.

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