Saturday, August 8, 2020

La Crosse man receives heart transplant during pandemic – WXOW

Transplant News Sharing // News from Source wxow.com

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The COVID-19 pandemic is shifting the way hospitals operate. That’s leading to a sharp decline in volume of surgeries and other medical procedures. But a Wisconsin hospital is defying that national trend.

UW Health in Madison is on track to meet or exceed the amount of new patient evaluations, additions to the heart transplant waiting list and heart transplant surgeries that they did in 2019. They attribute this to their constant assessments of their resource capacity.

“We made the decision that as long as we had ICU capacity, we could continue to evaluate on a daily basis to continue to provide heart transplants to our patients on the waiting list. We, as an institution and as a transplant department, did a really nice job at maintaining close communication with our patients on the waiting list and their family members if they were to move forward with transplants throughout the pandemic,” said Dr. Amy Fiedler.

Mark Graff of La Crosse was fortunate enough to receive a heart transplant during the pandemic. He said throughout his life, he’s had issues with an enlarged heart muscle. Last year, Gundersen Health System in La Crosse referred Graff to UW Health for further consultation. He was placed on the waiting list for a heart transplant in April of this year. A little over a month later, he received some great news.

“We got the call on May 14. We came to the hospital and they did the surgery the next day. I was scared, excited, nervous, all of the above. After surgery, it was just a healing process which was slow and still ongoing. I’m still healing, but I’m feeling better every day,” said Graff.

Mark Graff is the recipient of a clinical trial sponsored by the medical company, Transmedics, for a device called the Organ Care System. That technology aims to help transplant teams preserve organs in an optimal condition.

Transplant News Sharing // “Heart Transplants” – Google News from Source wxow.com

Transplant News
Transplant Newshttp://TransplantNews.com
Transplant News brings you original and carefully curated aggregate news stories, articles and content that matter to the transplant community, from top publishers around the web. Everything from patient stories, to the latest in transplant innovation, TN is your window into the world of transplantation.

Facebook Comments

244FansLike
27FollowersFollow
2SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

‘There was no hesitation. I said ‘no matter what happens I’m making the right choice’ – Fife toddler has lifesaving kidney transplant from gran

Transplant News Sharing // News from Source www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com A toddler from Fife underwent a lifesaving transplant op during the lockdown - with her gran providing...

Gains in Stem Cell Transplant Mortality Over Last 25 Years

Transplant News Sharing // News from Source www.medpagetoday.com ...

Med student from Gympie wows with heart transplant theory

Transplant News Sharing // News from Source www.gympietimes.com.au GYMPIE’S own Hollier O’Neill, has been announced as the winner of UQ’s prestigious Faculty of Medicine...

Kidney Transplant Safe Between People With HIV

Transplant News Sharing // News from Source www.pharmacytimes.com Kidney transplantation between individuals who are HIV-positive is safe, according to a new study by the National...

UNOS Safety Net in Kidney-Liver Transplant Access: Are there Racial Disparities?

Transplant News Sharing // News from Source www.docwirenews.com Human Liver Anatomy The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) implemented guidelines regarding simultaneous liver-kidney transplant in...

Categories