Last August, Kepu Savou, 29, thought he had a cold until he continued to get worse, suffering from fatigue and shortness of breath. Doctors found the Des Moines, Wash. man had heart failure.
Kepu Savou thought he had come down with a cold. When his symptoms persisted, he visited a doctor and learned that his heart was failing – something Savou never would've imagined at age 29.
If you needed a heart transplant, would you choose to get a donor heart that would also infect you with hepatitis C? That's the decision Kerry Hayes had to make.
Additional transfers may emerge; patients from suspended program will retain their accumulated waiting-list time.
In the first week after Oregon Health Sciences University suspended its heart-transplantation program, eight of those patients were transferred to UW Medicine in Seattle.
UW Medicine patients can opt in for suitable donor hearts and must complete an 8- to 12-week postoperative drug regimen to clear the virus.
The UW Medicine Regional Heart Center was first in the United States to deploy a device in the clinical trial that, if successful, would lead to more transplant-viable donor hearts in
Despite a dire shortage of organ donors, transplant teams turn down about one in four hearts from brain-dead donors because their hearts appear to pump poorly.