Operation: Heart Transplant or How to Transplant a Heart in Nineteen Easy Steps by Rick Groleau Lasting up to seven hours (and sometimes longer), the surgery is time-consuming andthe work, intricate and involved. The step-by-step procedure, however, is fairlystraightforward and not at all difficult to comprehend. Enter our virtual NOVA operating theatre, where you will be given a scalpel and perform a hearttransplant of your own. Yes, our version of the operation has been greatly simplified. Nevertheless,all of the basic steps are outlined in this feature, and by the end of the operation, you will have apretty good idea of what's involved in taking the heart of one human and making it work in another.
Lucas was diagnosed with a moderate mitral valve prolapse at birth. The squishiness heard through the stethoscope was significant enough that thedoctors recommended an echocardiogram (ultrasound) as soon as possible. These images revealed an additional congenital heart defect: HypertrophicCardiomyopathy, or HCM for short. HCM often goes undiagnosed until sudden cardiac arrest brings a person, usually a teen male, to the ER. OnceLucas began demonstrating symptoms of irregular heart pacing, acombination pacemaker and defibrillator was implanted in May of 2010. It is the hope of the doctors that this device would buy Lucas some time while we wait for a new heart.
After meeting with the transplant team at UCLA , Lucasbegan a series of tests and evaluations to determine if he was a suitable candidate for a heart transplant.
Lucas was listed in 2011 and continues to wait with hope for the chance at a new life. Thank you for your continued prayersand support!