Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Girl's heart restarted after donor organ removed - Yahoo! News

This is cool!

Girl's heart restarted after donor organ removed - Yahoo! News: "LONDON (Reuters) - A British girl is thought to have become the first heart transplant patient in the UK and possibly the world to have had her donor organ removed and her own heart re-started, a London hospital said on Thursday.

Hannah Clark from south Wales had a heterotopic transplant operation -- known as a 'piggyback' because the donor heart is placed next to the original organ -- 10 years ago.

However, complications arose after her body recently started reacting badly to the drugs she had to take to stop her body rejecting the new heart and surgeons took the decision to remove the donor organ.

'We discovered that actually her old heart was now working quite well,' said a spokesman from London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

'So we removed the transplant heart, we were able to take her off the anti-rejection drugs and reconnected her old heart back up again and it worked. She's doing very well.'

He added: 'We would be surprised if anybody came up with another case. Maybe it's a world first.'"

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