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A Heart for Jordan Merecka: Texas Children's Hospital's First Total Artificial Heart Patient Receives the Gift of a Donor Heart
Date:11/1/2011

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"Our team has monitored Jordan since he was listed for a heart transplant. We will continue to follow Jordan and monitor his new heart as he transitions into adulthood," said Dr. Jeffrey Dreyer, medical director of cardiac transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics (cardiology) at BCM. "Having the artificial heart allowed Jordan the time to wait for the best donor heart match."

Texas Children's Heart Center – a leader with heart-failure devices
Earlier this year, Texas Children's Hospital became the world's first pediatric hospital to complete the first and second phase of certification to implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant for their patients. The 15-member training team, which included cardiologists, critical care intensivists, anesthesiologists, nursing specialists and hematologists, was led by Dr. David L.S. Morales, also director of mechanical circulation support at Texas Children's Hospital. The certification prepared the team for Jordan's life saving implantation of the Total Artificial Heart.

Since 2004, when Texas Children's Heart Center implanted the first MicroMed/DeBakey Child Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), the hospital's pediatric cardiac experts have been committed to saving the lives of patients whose hearts are failing through the use of mechanical devices, when needed. Texas Children's Hospital's heart failure program presently uses seven different types of mechanical circulatory support devices so that no matter what the cause of a child's heart failure or their size and weight, we can use the best device for that individual patient.

The devices include the Berlin Heart (the only VAD for babies and younger children), the HeartMate II for adolescents and teens, plus the RotaFlow, Tandem Heart, Thoratec Paracoporeal VAD, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart and the HeartWare.
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