Navigation Links
Texas Children's Hospital Discharges History-Making Teen Patient Again; This Time With a Transplanted Heart Replacing Mechanical Device
Date:2/12/2010

HOUSTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The wait is over for 16-year-old Francesco "Frank" De Santiago. On January 29, De Santiago received a donor heart in a successful nine-hour transplant operation at Texas Children's Heart Center. De Santiago made medical history last October for being the first child ever discharged from a pediatric hospital with an implanted mechanical heart pump, or intracorporeal ventricular assist device (VAD). Until then, pediatric patients with mechanical heart devices remained in the hospital, often in intensive care, while awaiting a donor heart.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100212/DA54586 )

"Frank's surgery went extremely well; he was a much better candidate for a heart transplant now than eight months ago when his heart was failing," said Dr. David L.D. Morales, pediatric cardiovascular surgeon at Texas Children's Heart Center who implanted Frank's device last May and performed his recent heart transplant. "The device improved his physical health and allowed him to be discharged so he could enjoy some normal teen activity during the wait for a donor heart. Texas Children's is leading the way in using five different types of VAD technology to help pediatric patients enhance their quality of life and outlook so they are better prepared for their transplant surgery."

De Santiago will continue to reside in Houston and undergo rehabilitation and follow-up check-ups for three months before returning to his home in south Texas.  He calls his heart "a gift" and is learning how to care for himself and his new organ.  

Morales said about 450 pediatric heart transplants occur annually in the United State; yet the number of pediatric heart failure cases diagnosed annually continues to rise.  He believes that the future of pediatric heart care resides in VAD technology and Texas Children's Heart Center uses the most of any pediatric hospital in the country.

"Heart failure in children is now being diagnosed at an increased rate," said Dr. Jeffrey Dreyer, medical director of cardiac transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital. "Advances in VAD technology provide new opportunities for treatment and recovery. Prior to VADs, a significant number of pediatric heart failure patients did not survive long enough to receive a heart transplant.  We are fortunate to have this technology and expertise at Texas Children's."

Frank De Santiago was transferred to Texas Children's Hospital from south Texas after experiencing a temporary stroke. He was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which his heart was enlarged to more than twice a normal size and could not pump blood efficiently.  The Texas Children's Heart Center physician team placed him on the heart transplant list and concluded he was an excellent candidate for the HeartMate II VAD that could keep him alive until a suitable donor heart became available.

Texas Children's Hospital is the first pediatric hospital in the world to use the HeartMate II in pediatric patients with a body surface area of at least 1.3 square meters. The device, about the size of two "D" cell batteries laid end-to-end, received U. S. Food and Drug Administration approval on April 26, 2008. Since then, Morales, also director of the Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, has implanted the HeartMate II in five teen or pre-teen patients. All patients experienced improved heart health on the device, which allowed them to live until donor hearts became available.  

SOURCE Texas Children's Heart Center


'/>"/>
SOURCE Texas Children's Heart Center
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Stipkala LLC to Sponsor Texas Life Science Conference November 12-13, 2009
2. Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. Davids Medical Center First in the United States to Utilize Newly FDA-Cleared CARTO(R) 3 Navigation System
3. St. Davids South Austin Hospital Leading the Central Texas Region in Laser-Assisted Lead-Extraction Procedures
4. Texas State Tests Potential New Cancer-Fighting Weapon
5. Three Surgeons in East Texas Are Successfully Integrating a Novel Stem Cell Procedure for Spine Surgeries
6. Cancer Therapy & Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center and Oncolytics Biotech(R) Inc. Announce Multi-Trial Clinical Research Collaboration
7. WaferGen and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Establish Biomarker Research Collaboration for SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System
8. Texas Back Institute Leads Way in New Facet Joint Clinical Trial
9. Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. Davids Medical Center Selected to Conduct Clinical Trial for Device to Treat Atrial Fibrillation
10. Caliper Life Sciences Optical Imaging Technology Selected to Aid Tuberculosis Research Efforts by the Texas A&M Health Science Center
11. Texas Heart(R) Institute at St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital Initiates First Clinical Trial in the World to Treat a Heart Attack Patient with a Special Stem Cell Type
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June ... -based mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to ... devices developed by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. ... done in hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ... , can get any needed testing done in the comfort of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , Belgium , June 24, ... VNRX), today announced the appointment of Dr. ... Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, ... Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As ... Futcher will provide independent expertise and strategic counsel ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. , June 23, 2016 ... faced the many challenges of the current process. Many of ... option because of the technical difficulties and high laboratory costs ... would have to offer it at such a high cost ... to afford it. Dr. Parsa Zadeh , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star ... , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered ... both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... NC (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and ... to be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two ... currently only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With ... fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the ... In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, ... just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) learned during ... two significant new grants to support its work to advance research and patient ... recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting pulmonary hypertension ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):