Removing the Old Heart

Rylynn's diseased heart after removal.

Rylynn’s diseased heart after removal.

Rylynn’s diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome meant that she basically had no left ventricle, the chamber which pumps oxygenated blood to the aorta for its journey around the body.
This is Rylynn’s original heart, obviously after it was removed during her transplant. You can see a plastic tube at the top, which is a remnant of the Berlin Heart, the ventricular assist device which kept her alive while awaiting transplant.
Obviously, the heart she was given was in much better shape.

It’s All Connected

As in so many areas of life, in medicine things are connected. Things like the heart and the brain. Cardiothoracic surgeons can fix the heart, but there are those times where, after the surgery is over, they have to deal with the effects on the brain, and emotions, and post-surgical life.
Click here for more on a story from CHOP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Heart Surgery in Alabama

There are dozens of hospitals across the U.S. taking care of babies with congenital heart defects of the kind we discuss in SURGEON’S STORY. In this story, from Alabama, a baby is born with the same defect that Rylynn had, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
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New Blood Study for Child Heart Surgery

A new study from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows that children undergoing open heart surgery do better when they receive whole blood transfusions from one donor instead of multiple donors.
Click here to read more on the story.