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kfay
November 22nd, 2009, 05:05 PM
Here is a link to an article that I thought some of you might find interesting. It is about a woman who is living with a LAVD due to heart failure until she qualifies for a heart transplant.


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/local/story/1069356.html

Lynlw
November 22nd, 2009, 05:27 PM
WOW she has been thru alot. Amazing. It so great how much smaller/better these are getting and easier for the patients to live with. Thanks

briansmom
November 25th, 2009, 01:40 PM
That is the same LVAD that Brian had. Brian was the first person in the country to have an LVAD removed without getting a heart transplant. They were already doing it in Europe and it is now being done more often in the US. Brian definitely had more energy and strength with the VAD, but the trade offs were not being able to get your stomach wet, worry about infection where the cord comes out of your abdomen and of course making sure you had plenty of batteries. Fortunately, the batteries they just got approved are smaller and last longer. The LVAD definitely saved Brian's life.