The call came Wednesday late morning.
It was “the call” Bill Hanna had been waiting for since being placed on the heart transplant list in February.
The call came much sooner than ever expected.
“We have a heart for you,” said the voice on the other end.
In the wee morning hours of the following day, surgeons successfully transplanted a most precious gift of a healthy heart.
The LVAD (left ventricular assist device) heart pump that had been doing the work for Hanna’s severely damaged heart was removed. LVADs are most often implanted in patients such as Hanna, with end-stage heart disease, as a “bridge to transplant.”
Hanna no longer needs to carry the big batteries and external controller that kept the LVAD powering. He no longer has to “switch to the wall” at night, connecting the controller to an electrical outlet at bedtime. Continue reading