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Dallas Hospital performs heart transplant with new technique – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Medical City Heart Hospital in Dallas was the first hospital in Texas to transplant hearts through a new technique called Postcardiac Donation (DCD).

According to the American College of Cardiology, the new procedure has the potential to increase the number of donors by up to 30%.

Medical City Cardiovascular Hospital CEO Andrea Daniels said: “We are grateful for the courage of the donor family and the skill of this world-class heart transplant team that has saved many lives. more in different ways.

“Enhancing healthcare through leading-edge innovations like DCD is why Health City Heart Hospital is the destination of choice for heart care in North Texas.”

Heart donation has traditionally relied on declaring brain death. According to health officials, DCD donors had suffered irreversible brain injuries that required life support medication to be withdrawn.

The DCD heart transplant took place on Thursday.

The recipient, Yolanda Triplett, 50, was first shortlisted for a heart transplant in 2014 after aggressive treatments for breast cancer damaged her heart. Just a day after the transplant, she got out of bed and walked.

“When I knew I was going to get a new heart, I was both excited and nervous because I’ve been waiting for this for so long,” Triplett said.

“I thought it would never come and when it did, it hit me all of a sudden and I’m so grateful for this wonderful gift.”

The transplant team at Dallas Medical City and Medical City Cardiology Hospital has performed more than 600 heart transplants since the program began in 1991, consistently ranking among the active transplant centers. most effective in the nation, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/dallas-hospital-performs-heart-transplant-with-new-technique/2841727/ Dallas Hospital performs heart transplant with new technique – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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