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

#160;Being hospitalized, Jordan missed his prom, but thanks to a diligent heart-failure team and the availability of the artificial heart, he celebrated his birthday at the hospital on May 29 -- a week after his surgery. On June 5, Jordan watched his graduation ceremony online while his 16-year-old sister walked across the stage to accept his diploma on his behalf. His class rose to their feet for a standing ovation. Jordan eventually hopes to attend Texas A&M University Galveston to study marine biology.

"Having Jordan up and around again is the best gift in the world," said Suzanne Merecka, Jordan's mother.  "He's had such a fighting spirit through this whole struggle.  His father and I are happy that Texas Children's could offer a life-saving option when things looked very grim. He still has a heart transplant in his future, but the artificial heart will help him to get stronger and be ready."

For more information on Texas Children's Heart Center, please see:  www.texaschildrens.org/carecenters/heart/

About Texas Children's Heart Center

Texas Children's Heart Center is a self-contained pediatric heart treatment facility within Texas Children's Hospital. Its unique design provides a single point of care including examinations, echocardiography, heart catheterization, congenital heart surgery and intensive care. This special setting enhances the continuum and delivery of care.  The Heart Center sees more than 19,000 patients and performs more than 800 surgeries annually.

About Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children's Hospital is committed to a community of healthy children by providing the finest pediatric patient care, education and research. Renowned worldwide for its expertise and breakthrough developments in clinical care and research, Texas Children's is nationally ranked in all ten subspecialties in U.S. News & World Report's list of America's Best Child
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