Child waiting for new heart receives rarely used vascular assist device
By Emmanuel Romero | PLAINS DEALER
Lane Eberhardt has been on the waiting list for a heart transplant since last September.
As an infant, Lane was diagnosed with a severe aortic stenosis, a heart valve defect that prevents complete blood flow from the heart's left ventricle to the rest of the body. In February, his parents took him to the Cleveland Clinic after he experienced trouble breathing and showed other signs of heart failure. By May, he had deteriorated so much that his cardiologists recommended a ventricular assist device.
Now, the 8-year-old New Philadelphia resident is only the third patient in Ohio to receive the EXCOR Pediatric implant.
Manufactured by Berlin Heart GmbH, the device is supporting the function of Lane's diseased heart until a suitable donor can be found.
Traci Reichman, Lane's mother, is now an ambassador for LifeBanc, an organ-donation advocacy group in Northeast Ohio.