A 3-year-old heart transplant recipient got to be a firefighter for a day on Tuesday, arriving at a Detroit station in style on a truck with lights flashing and sirens blazing.
An innovative “balloon delivery” method did the trick for a Metro Detroit heart patient.
A medical examiner’s office in Michigan plans to collect heart valves during autopsies for use in transplants as part of an effort to increase the availability of such tissue for donation.
Three additional West Michigan residents received new hearts in the past week at the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids. Hospital officials said they are doing well and progressing as expected.
Spectrum Health surgeons performed the first heart transplant in West Michigan on Saturday at the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids.