Stanford’s Medical ‘Miracle’ Goes Home For Holidays

NBC Bay Area | Lili Tan

Oswaldo Jiminez, 14, is considered a medical miracle at Stanford University. Dec. 9, 2015

A teenage boy has made medical history at Stanford University, and just in time for the holidays.

Oswaldo Jimenez, a soft spoken 14-year-old boy, says he is just anxious to get home to Oregon. He has been in Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House since July, when he became the first child in the western United Stated to undergo a procedure called pulmonary artery to left atrial shunt.

Since he was 9 years old, Oswaldo’s family has known he needed a heart and lung transplant to save his life. He was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, which made his heart more than double in size.

Despite this, he was not high on the priority list for organ donations. “There were other people who were worse off, if you can believe it,” Dr. Carol Conrad said, explaining the shunt kept Jimenez alive and strong enough to receive new organs. Continue reading
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