German Alex O'Loughlin Fan Club sent it to me, and I translated it for
you and your readers.
The link takes you to the article and a lovely photo of Annabell, her
mother and her doctors http://www.abendzeitung.de/muenchen/180462
This is the 100th Time the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic of the LMU has
successfully transplanted a child's heart. The 14-month-old Anna Bell
enjoys good health after the operation.
A severe weakness of the heart muscle would have probably cost
Annabell her life - if she had not been rescued by the specialists of
the Munich pediatric cardiology through a complicated operation. "We
are overjoyed that she has survived the serious operation so well,"
says Professor Heinrich Netz, Head of the Department of Pediatric
Cardiology and Pediatric Intensive Care Clinic of the University of
The Munich-based pediatric cardiology belongs with Berlin to the three
major transplant centers in Germany. Since the beginning of the
transplant program in 1988, numerous children in infancy were
successfully transplanted a new heart.
Little Annabell is now the 100th Patient, who received a new life by
the specialists of the LMU-University Hospital. For six months the
girl had to be treated in the ICU, waiting for a new donor heart. As
there are fewer organ donations available for children, the department
for pediatric cardiology, in cooperation with the Canadian Transplant
Centre Edmonton, recently developed a special technique which makes it
possible that also non-matching donor organs of a different blood type
can be transplanted into children. The agonizing wait for the young
patients and their families will be reduced significantly by this
Also the Munich-based cardiologists made further progress in the
combined transplantation of multiple organs such as heart and kidney
or heart and liver.
It is not uncommon that organ transplants lead to life-threatening
conditions. However, little Annabell is doing very well. "Soon after
the operation she was back in her stroller and chewed with relish onher breakfast pretzel," smiles Professor Netz.