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A good news story for a girl awaiting a heart transplant

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/4916.asp

"Sophie Upton is going home to enjoy what she has never known - a normal childhood.
"The four-year-old Winnipeg girl is being discharged June 1 after
spending nearly two years at Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital
where an artificial pediatric heart kept her alive long enough for her
badly damaged heart to heal.
"At the age of two, Sophie was diagnosed with blood cancer and underwent
chemotherapy. A Winnipeg cardiology team determined the left side of her
heart was badly damaged following the chemo...." She was sent to the Stollery Children's Hospital which is a well known paediatric cardiological centre. In the intervening period, nearly 2 years, her left ventricle has healed enough to permit her to be disconnected from the "Berlin Heart" and to function well on her own.

"She was extremely lucky that her heart was able to heal itself after
being on the Berlin Heart for that length of time; it truly is a
miracle," says Dr. Holger Buchholz, director of the Pediatric Artificial
Heart Program at Stollery Children's Hospital.
"According to medical literature, about five per cent of patients on
the Berlin Heart can be successfully weaned off the device and, in most
of these cases, the heart heals itself between three and five months.
Dr. Buchholz is amazed by Sophie's full recovery, despite the fact she was waiting for a heart transplant since July 2010."

Rob
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I love to hear such success stories

I hope she has a full life ahead of her.

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Again, sometimes the people win.

Maybe worth mentioning, since some of our medical views are controversial:
We always admire and commend- and pray for- the skills and dedication of our doctors. We also admire prosthetics and such-like devices.
(Can't comment on the Berlin Heart, since I don't know the installation procedure.)

In every case, though, we ask first, 'What does it do and how is it to be used?' It's our right in "advanced" societies, and it's our right to act on the answers.

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