Wednesday, July 27, 2005

An Update

Some readers may remember my post regarding the need for a heart transplant for my niece's husband. In an Email, she writes:

"Great news - D has been selected as one of 165 end-stage congestive heart failure participants nationwide for a research project for the Jarvik 2000, which is an implant to assist the heart in pumping blood and will be used as a “bridge-to-transplant” to stabilize and help strengthen him until a heart becomes available. If this procedure is successful, and it does look promising, then it will be a wonderful enhancement to his and our lives by helping to normalize his energy level, stabilize his health, and alieviate the fluid congestion. The Jarvik L-VAD has been recognized for its lower infection and clotting rates than other L-VAD's.

D has been selected to be the first and only patient to receive the Jarvik 2000 at Yale hospital for this study and it will be implanted by Dr. Robert Jarvik himself along with Yale’s resident cardiologist surgeon. The paperwork has been signed off on and was submitted to the FDA; we are expecting the call for his admittance to Yale for this procedure about mid-August.

Needless to say we are so very excited (and nerveous), D especially so. But oh what a difference it would bring to our lives. How fitting that this is all happening about the time of Danny's birthday (August 16th), a sort of re-birth-day present! God does listen to all the prayers of people who have been praying for him!"

Please remember D in your prayers as well as Dr, Jarvik and the medical team that will assist him. Thank you.


  1. Bodacious10:41 AM

    That is very good news. I pray that all goes well for D. and family.

  2. I'm praying for him and your family. stay strong.