I take it that it was a mechanical valve ?Here's what they say now.
"The longest surviving artificial heart-valve transplant patient is Doris Clare (b. 20 Sep 1926, UK), who received an aortic valve replacement on 30 April 1969, in Woolwich, London, UK, and as of 15 July 2013 has had it for 44 years, 76 days. "
My surgery was in the time before computers and "document files". All that remaines of my file at the hospital is a few documents that they had on "microfilm". The hospital did have the "operating room record" which was helpful a few years ago when I tried, and finally succeeded, in getting an ID card from Edwards Life Sciences (the manufacturer of my Starr-Edwards valve). At the time of my surgery there where only two hospitals in the entire state of Kentucky doing open heart surgery. One was the University Hospital of the University of Kentucky. My surgeon was a visiting professor, Dr. Gordon Danielson who left the University for the Mayo Clinic. The other surgeon, Dr. Richard Wood was in his final year of Residency at Uof Ky. He went on to become a Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute. I talked with Dr. Wood, by phone a few years ago, and asked him if he still did "valve replacements".....he laughed and said no....he said he left that kind of surgery to the "junior surgeons" and he did the heart replacement and heart-lung replacements now.Dick - it's a shame you couldn't document the surgery to satisfy the Guiness folks. And, Dick, do you know if there may have been others before you who got the valve implanted by the surgical team that did yours? (Of course, they may not have survived).
The fella in the picture insert was Bob Baker. He was a member of this forum for several years and his "screen name" was RCB. He still shows up on the Member Directory but all of his posts (1100+) have been deleted? Bob was the first child (age 10) and the tenth person to receive an artificial valve in the early 1960s.. Bob died a couple years ago.Those Starr Edwards valves are nothing short of amazing IMO , if you read the comments in the below there are a few Starr Edwards over 40+ yrs and a comment from I suspect Dick 9yrs ago.
Not so. This lady had surgery in 1969. I had surgery Aug. 16, 1967. No big deal but I still have "bragging rights". Since she is now about 60 and I am 83 she probably will have "the oldest valve" someday. BTW, mine is documented by Edwards Lifesciences:Italian surgeons discover 'world's oldest heart valve' in woman
Prosthesis was implanted by the pioneering doctor Christiaan Barnard 50 years ago...
Good point dick0236! You are our hero and get to own that record! I wonder if they were referring to the longest valve being in a woman (gender!)???? Well, we should contact the Guardian and let them know they got it wrong or that is the record for a 'woman'. I wonder what valve she has in the mitral position?Not so. This lady had surgery in 1969. I had surgery Aug. 16, 1967. No big deal but I still have "bragging rights". Since she is now about 60 and I am 83 she probably will have "the oldest valve" someday. BTW, mine is documented by Edwards Lifesciences:
Implant date: 16-Aug-1967
Serial No.: UNK-178
Goes to show how long mechanical valves can, and do, last. Wouldn't surprise me if there are a few valves that were implanted in the early/mid '60s that continue to clickety click.