heart transplant

Kepu Savou going for a walk
February 28, 2020

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.

Patient Kepu Savou with therapy dog Mason
December 16, 2019

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. 

Kerry at an appointment
January 15, 2019

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.

August 31, 2018

Additional transfers may emerge; patients from suspended program will retain their accumulated waiting-list time.

picture of Dr. Daniel Fishbein of UW Medicine
August 31, 2018

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.

June 13, 2018

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.

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