‘Beating heart’ transplants could boost success rate

‘Beating heart’ transplants could boost success rate

January 11, 2012

Amy DeStefano was a single mother juggling family life and a full-time job three winters ago when she caught what at first was just a persistent February cold. Then it spiraled into pneumonia and spread to her heart.
 
By last January, DeStefano, at 39, was on the waiting list for a heart transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital.
 
Her wait ended late last month when the social worker from Portsmouth, N.H., became the first patient in New England to receive an experimental “beating heart’’ transplant.

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