Faculty perform rare transplant, save young woman
Bailey was born with unusual anatomy – a heart on the wrong side of her chest with one receiving chamber and one pumping chamber. In late 2004, her "birth heart" began to give out.
Drs. Calhoon, Moore, Martinez and Rogers worked together for months to define the anatomy and surgical approach.
A call from Austin brought the organ Bailey desperately needed and Dr. Moore drove there to procure it.
In late January, the Health Science Center and CHRISTUS Transplant Institute surgical team removed Wendy’s failing heart and implanted a new donor heart in the correct position in her chest.
"Our team gave her a new heart and did all of the plumbing necessary to put her heart where it belongs – in her left chest. It is a first for us in San Antonio, to my knowledge, and is a very rare kind of transplant," Dr. Calhoon said.
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