Heart Transplant

Heart Transplant

May 7, 2024

Heart transplants gave mother and daughter a second chance at life

People who have received transplants understand that organ transplantation offers a second chance at life. UAB Medicine patients Lucy Emonina and her daughter, Ovuke’ McCoy, share that understanding in a deeper way. They both were born with a serious heart condition and later received heart transplants. Since then, mother and daughter have enjoyed active lives, sharing their stories in various ways and serving as ambassadors for heart health and organ donation awareness.
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Damion Jones
April 15, 2024

The beat goes on for heart transplant recipient Damion Jones

Damion Jones, 31, was at work when he felt the pain in his stomach. He knew that something wasn’t right, but neither he nor his employer’s onsite clinic could pinpoint what was wrong. Next came shortness of breath. “I couldn’t walk up the hill at work without getting winded,” Jones said. “And I couldn’t get rid of my cough.” So began the odyssey that eventually brought Jones to UAB’s Comprehensive Transplant Institute (CTI).
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DeAnthonis Kelly
April 1, 2024

For DeAnthonis Kelly, it was a long and winding road to a heart-lung transplant

DeAnthonis Kelly’s world started to unravel when he came down with pneumonia in 2019 and got worse when he caught COVID-19 in 2020. Even after he recovered, Kelly found himself out of breath when he walked from the parking lot to his workstation at a steel plant.
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Transplant Games Birmingham 2024 logo
December 4, 2023

UAB Medicine named the presenting medical partner of the 2024 Transplant Games of America

UAB Medicine, home to Alabama’s leading transplant program, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Transplant Institute, has been named the presenting medical partner of the Transplant Games of America when the biennial event comes to Birmingham in July 2024. Additionally, UAB’s Sports and Exercise Medicine team will be providing medical coverage for all athletes at the games.
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Headshot of Shetty Naman
December 19, 2022

Study shows some heart disease patients implanted with a VAD have better survival and are more likely to receive a heart transplant

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) published a study in Circulation showing that, among ventricular assist device recipients, patients with a particular form of dilated cardiomyopathy known as familial dilated cardiomyopathy have better clinical outcomes compared with other forms of the disease.
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CVI Awards
November 2, 2022

Heart Transplant

A heart transplant is a procedure in which a damaged or diseased heart is replaced with a healthy one, usually in patients with advanced heart failure that prevents blood from being effectively pumped throughout the body. Common conditions that can lead to advanced heart failure and heart transplantation include coronary heart disease, damaged heart valves […]
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Headshot of Jessica Hernandez
August 3, 2022

20-Year-Old Chronicles Heart-Lung Transplant Journey on TikTok

Many young adults create TikTok videos, but Jessica Hernandez may be the only 20-year-old who has used the social media platform to document her heart-lung transplant journey.
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Nurses and doctors in green scrubs performing transplant operation
March 28, 2022

UAB Hospital Reaches Milestone With 16,000 Organ Transplants

Surgeons with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine reached an institutional milestone in February, surpassing 16,000 total organ transplants performed since its first almost 54 years ago.
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