The Montreal Heart Institute and Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont successfully perform their first heart-kidney transplant

    Note to assignment editors and health journalists

    Dr. Denis Bouchard, Louis. Perrault and the patient will be available for
    interviews at the Montreal Heart Institute this afternoon. Dr. Michel
    Morin will also be available for interview at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-
    Rosemont this afternoon.

    MONTREAL, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of a partnership between the two
establishments, the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) and Hôpital
Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) successfully performed their first combined
heart-kidney transplant on a 29-year-old male patient with graft coronary
disease (long-term complication of heart transplant) and concomitant kidney
    This procedure was carried out at the MHI on October 12, 2007. Drs. Denis
Bouchard and Louis P. Perrault, cardiac surgeons at the Montreal Heart
Institute, first performed the cardiac transplant, and a few hours later, Dr.
Michel Morin, a specialist in hepatobiliary surgery at Hôpital
Maisonneuve-Rosemont, performed the kidney transplant. The patient responded
favourably to the procedure.

    A rare and complex procedure

    Like heart-liver or heart-lung transplantations, this type of multi-organ
transplantation in one same recipient is a rare procedure sometimes necessary
among select patients suffering a breakdown of several systems.
    Thanks to the MHI's expertise in heart transplantation and that of the
HMR in kidney transplantation, and thanks to the multidisciplinary team
assisting Drs. Bouchard, Perrault and Morin, this first MHI-HMR combined
heart-kidney transplantation is a concrete example of establishments in the
réseaux universitaires intégrés de santé (RUIS) successfully pooling their
efforts. As well, it is part of the MHI's multiorgan transplant mission thanks
to collaborations with HMR (kidney transplant), the CHUM (heart-lung and liver
transplant) and CHU Sainte-Justine (pediatric transplant).

    A history that began with a heart virus

    The patient - Dany Imbeau-Turcotte - was only 13 years old when, in 1991,
his life was turned upside down by a viral myocarditis, i.e. a virus that
affected his heart. A subsequent cardiac transplant was performed at CHU
Sainte-Justine. On reaching adulthood, the patient was followed at the
Montreal Heart Institute's transplantation clinic, while leading an active
life as well as working in the construction field. Over the years, however,
his condition deteriorated to the point where a heart-kidney transplant became
unavoidable. His heart-kidney transplant should enable him to enjoy a better
quality of life.

    About the Montreal Heart Institute

    Founded in 1954, the Montreal Heart Institute constantly aims for the
highest standards of excellence in the cardiovascular field through its
leadership in prevention, ultra-specialized care, training of professionals,
clinical and fundamental research, and assessment of new technologies. It is
affiliated with the Université de Montréal and its clinical outcomes are among
the best in the world. In 2006-2007, the MHI performed more than 2,000
surgical procedures; its surgery department is among the seven international
centres in the clinical investigation network of the National Institutes of
Health - Canadian Institutes of Heart Research. To learn more about the
Institute, please visit our website at

    About Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont

    Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont is a hospital centre affiliated with the
Université de Montréal for the provision of care, teaching and scientific
research. Its 5,000 employees and 460 physicians work to promote the health
and well-being of the population of Montreal East. The hospital has achieved
international recognition for its work in hematology (bone marrow transplant),
nephrology (kidney transplant) and ophthalmology (vision).

For further information:

For further information: Doris Prince, Head, Communication and Public
Relations, Montreal Heart Institute, (514) 376-3330, extension 3074,; Pascal Mailhot, External communications, Hôpital
Maisonneuve-Rosemont, (514) 252-3451,

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