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Texas Children's Hospital is First Pediatric Hospital in the Nation to Implant Artificial Heart
Date:6/29/2011

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"Because both ventricles of his heart were failing, a typical left ventricular assist device would not work for this patient. He needed a new heart and none was available as his life was ebbing away," said Dr. Jeffrey Dreyer, medical director of cardiac transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital. "After Jordan's condition worsened to the point that he could no longer breathe without a ventilator, the cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons weighed the limited possibilities. Morales recommended that the Total Artificial Heart would be the best option for him since more traditional forms of mechanical support would have required two of his valves to be replaced."

"He will still need a donor heart, but we now have time to wait for the best match," said Dreyer, also associate professor of pediatrics (cardiology) at BCM. . "The artificial heart will improve his overall health and allow him to enjoy increased activity during the wait for a donor heart."

Jordan's story

Jordan was born with multiple congenital heart defects, including dextrocardia, or a "reversed" heart. As a child, he experienced two open chest surgeries. Later, he received several surgical revisions and an implantable defibrillator. But, in September 2010, Jordan's heart began to fail and he was placed on a waiting list for a heart transplant. With medical treatment, he was able to attend school as he waited. In April 2011, his health took a turn for the worse and he was admitted to Texas Children's Hospital with heart failure symptoms and kidney insufficiency. He was in critical need of a heart transplant. Weeks passed as he waited for a donor heart and made multiple visits to the cardiovascular intensive care unit.  Over the weekend of May 21, all of his organs began to fail acutely and he could not even breathe on his own since his heart was so week.  On May 22, Jordan received the Total Artificial Heart that saved his life. 
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