Tuesday, January 16, 2007

SickKids sets a new Canadian record for heart transplants in 2006

TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) performed 20 heart transplants on children from across the country in 2006, setting a record for the number of heart transplants performed in a year by a Canadian paediatric transplant centre.

Since the SickKids Cardiac Transplant Program began in 1990, 191 heart transplants have been performed at the hospital, establishing SickKids as one of the largest paediatric heart transplant centres in North America.

As there is no average length of time to receive a heart, the use of leading-edge technology, such as the Berlin Heart (a ventricular assist device system), has allowed SickKids to help children survive longer waits for a suitable donor heart. To date, four patients at SickKids have been assisted by the device...read full press release

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