heart transplant

Trinity Scott holds a bag containing the portable ventricular assist device that served as a bridge to her eventual heart transplant.

Portable VAD gives patient a bridge to heart transplant

For nearly a month, 15-year-old Trinity Scott sported a black canvas messenger bag filled with favorite books, lip gloss or school supplies. Her bag even had a name, “Alice.” But far from any ordinary bag, what was inside was literally keeping her alive.

VUMC tops in nation for number of heart transplants performed last year

Vanderbilt University Medical Center tied for first place as the busiest heart transplant program by volume in the United States in 2019.

Pediatric heart, liver transplant programs reach new milestones

Two transplant programs at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt reached milestones in 2019 for performing record numbers of heart and liver transplantations in a calendar year.

Tricia Burgess thought she had seasonal allergies. She actually needed a heart transplant.

“I didn’t even know I was sick. I’m thankful that Vanderbilt saved my life.”

More congenital heart patients becoming transplant candidates

Patients with a form of congenital heart disease — having only one ventricle (pumping chamber) — are now living longer lives due to the successful surgical and medical treatments they receive as children.

Vanderbilt set new heart, overall transplant record in 2018

Vanderbilt University Medical Center set a new record for total transplants among its five organ specialties in 2018 with more than 500 transplants.

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