Video: LHSC celebrates 600th heart transplant (B-roll footage)
30 year-old program has completed more heart transplants than any other
centre in Canada
LONDON, ON, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Thanks to successful heart transplant
surgery performed at London Health Sciences Centre, Desmond Dias has a
new lease on life. He also has the honour of making history as his
surgery marked the 600th cardiac transplant at LHSC's Multi-Organ Transplant Program. This
milestone means the program has performed the most heart transplants of
any centre in Canada.
"I am truly overwhelmed and grateful for my new heart. I was a very
sick man with limited time to live and the extraordinary health care
team at LHSC, as well as the donor's family, have given me great hope
for a very happy and healthy future," says Dias. "I cannot wait until
summer, to golf with my children and travel with my family!"
Dias' heart transplant surgery was led by a team of LHSC physicians
including Drs. Mac Quantz, Bernie Mezon and Stuart Swinamer as well as
transplant donation specialists, Jane Drew and Michael Bloch.
"The entire LHSC organization is proud of our transplant program and its
continued commitment to advancing the standard of care provided to our
patients while remaining a medical leader in our region, across Canada
and beyond," says Bonnie Adamson, LHSC President and Chief Executive
Officer. "These efforts truly embody LHSC's vision of exceptional
experiences, extraordinary people and engaging partnerships."
LHSC's first heart transplant was performed in 1981 under the direction
of surgeon Dr. Neil McKenzie and cardiologist Dr. Bill Kostuk. Today,
the program continues to be a leader in patient care and innovation.
"As one of the first heart transplant surgeons in Canada, I'm pleased
that so many of our patients have done well over the years and have
benefitted from the 'gift of life,'" says Dr. McKenzie. "We've
accomplished a number of milestones, and look forward to helping our
patients in years to come."
One of Dr. McKenzie's earliest heart transplant patients was Ken Gaston,
then a 23-year-old student. Today, 29 years later, Gaston continues to
thrive and live a full and rewarding life.
"They say the greatest gift you can receive is another day of life.
Thanks to the heart donor and their family, to the doctors, nurses and
staff at LHSC, I have received more than 10,000 days and I look forward
to 10,000 more. For that I thank them, with all of my heart," says
About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in
Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized
clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its
founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic
teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children's
Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria
Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes -
Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research
Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph's Health Care,
London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London
Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and
national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around
the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre
cares for the most medically complex patients including critically
injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The
hospital's nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers
provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more
information visit www.lhsc.on.ca
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LHSC's Multi-Organ Transplant Program
Heart transplant recipient surgery takes between four to eight hours,
but with retrieval time and donor surgery added in, it can take up to
24 hours for the entire process.
The program travels the country from coast to coast to retrieve hearts
for transplant; periodically to the United States as well. 'Urgent'
patients are a national priority, with the sickest patients
While the surgical techniques are quite similar today to the pioneering
years, newer anti-rejection drugs have allowed transplant recipients to
thrive and lead active and rewarding lives.
The future of LHSC's heart transplant program includes expanding the use
of the Impella cardiac assist device. This life-saving device is used
to stabilize patients with heart failure until suitable hearts become
available for transplant. Mechanical supports such as Impella are
becoming part of the standard of care for any patients who require it.
London Health Sciences Centre's Multi-Organ Transplant program is
credited with many firsts, including the first clinical trial on
cyclosporine, the world's first successful liver-bowel transplant and
the first heart-lung transplant and living donor liver transplants in
Canada. Some of our earliest liver and heart patients are the longest
surviving recipients in the country, now approaching 30 years of
healthy life after transplant. Our longest-surviving kidney recipient
is celebrating 36 years without needing dialysis.
Transplant program milestones:
First patient trial worldwide using cyclosporine
First adult heart transplant in Ontario
Canada's first long-term heart transplant survivor
Canada's first heart-lung transplant
First pediatric heart transplant in Ontario
Multi-Organ Transplant Unit opens
World's first successful liver-bowel transplant
Canada's first cluster transplant (liver-bowel-stomach-pancreas)
Canada's first living donor liver transplant for a child
World's youngest recipient for liver-bowel-stomach-pancreas transplant
Canada's first living donor liver transplant between two adults
Canada's first DCD liver transplant
Canada's first DCD kidney-pancreas transplant
Canada's first split pancreas-kidney transplant
600th heart transplant, more than any other centre in Canada
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