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Reverse Heart Transplant Surgery On A Little Girl Makes History

ns gone; this is a very happy ending indeed. He also stated that the other benefit of this operation is that she will not longer have to take the strong anti-rejection drugs that were necessary as long as she had the donor heart.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), hailed the outcome as an “exciting and important event”. He said that its Surgeons like BHF Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub who had always thought for a long time that if a heart is failing because of acute inflammation, it might be able to recover if rested. And this is exactly what seems to have happened in this case, he noted. He explained that the donor, or “piggy back”, heart enabled the patient’s own organ to take a rest. He stated that this is a great example of how a pioneering and novel approach to a medical problem can lead to surprising results and could teach us a lot about how some heart diseases progress, explaining how in the past, patients with inflamed hearts either died or were transplanted before their own hearts had any chance of recovery.

Expecting that the operation would take at least take eight hours, Elizabeth Clark said, that her daughter was out in just four. She explained that the procedure went so well that the girl was able to return home within five days instead of being in intensive for months, as she feared. She said that nobody thought she would be like she is now. She is just enjoying her life and is looking forward to going back school after Easter, she said. br>

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