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12-year-old benefits from new heart pump at Seattle Children's

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12-year-old benefits from new heart pump at Seattle Children's

April 16, 2014

http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/12-year-old-benefits-from-new-heart-pump-at-Seattle-Childrens--255411691.html

 

Source - KING 5 TV


Although many advances have been made in temporary heart pumps for adults, the same has not been true for children. But, that’s changing for patients at Seattle Children’s, and it’s making a big difference in their health and quality of life. When Julie Kobayashi arrived from Hawaii last December, time was running out. She was diagnosed with myocarditis, inflamation of the heart muscle's wall. Before this, the Berlin heart pump would have been Kobayashi’s best option. But Dr. Michael McMullan said it has drawbacks. He said, “Children who require this are stuck in the hospital because even though this is a small device it's connected to a large console that controls the pump.”

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