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Total Artificial Heart Patient Receives Donor Heart 15 Years After Decision to Donate Wife's Organs
Date:2/15/2012

My 24-year-old daughter Cassandra was instrumental in helping me. She did all of my dressing changes when I came home, twice a day at first, while at the same time completing her master's to become a teacher. Today, she's teaching 5th grade. I'm her only surviving parent because her mom was killed in a car accident 15 years ago. I made the choice to donate her mother's organs, so I've seen both sides of the donor network now."

After three months of life at home with the Freedom driver, Mr. Welsh received his matching donor heart on May 18, 2011.

"When they told me a donor heart was available, I was really happy but also scared at the same time," said Mr. Welsh. "At one point, they started talking to me about the anti-rejection medications and how your immune system can be compromised. I thought, do I really want to do this? If the driver was a little smaller and less noisy, I could live with this thing. That's how comfortable I got with the Total Artificial Heart."

Today, Mr. Welsh says he is "addicted to the gym" and often walks 2 to 4 miles a day. He has also returned to work part-time as a computer-aided drafter for a local engineering firm and hopes to return full-time very soon.

"My life so far post-transplant has been wonderful," said Mr. Welsh. "What the Total Artificial Heart does is amazing. It will keep you alive, make you feel better and allow you to build strength for your transplant."

To learn more about becoming an organ donor, please visit http://www.organdonor.gov.

CAUTION – The Freedom® portable driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.

About the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart

SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Originally used as a permanent repl
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