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US Donor heart saved by troopers after transplant team gets stranded

18:50  29 november  2019
18:50  29 november  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A heart transplant , or a cardiac transplant , is a surgical transplant procedure performed on patients with end-stage heart failure or severe coronary artery disease when other medical or surgical

A heart transplant is an operation in which a diseased, failing heart is replaced with a healthier donor heart . Heart transplant is a treatment that's usually After you leave the hospital, your transplant team will monitor you at your outpatient transplant center. Due to the frequency and intensity of the

When a surgical transplant team -- carrying a donor heart -- was stranded with a flat tire, two Illinois troopers stepped in to help get the organ to surgery in time.

a car parked on the side of a building: Illinois State Police posted photos on Facebook of two ISP Troopers who helped deliver a heart to University of Chicago Medicine's Hyde Park campus.© Illinois State Police Illinois State Police posted photos on Facebook of two ISP Troopers who helped deliver a heart to University of Chicago Medicine's Hyde Park campus.

A surgeon, transplant coordinator and medical student were on their way from Chicago's Midway International Airport back to the University of Chicago Medicine's Hyde Park campus when the transplant vehicle got a flat tire, said the Illinois State Police.

A heart is viable for surgery for about four to six hours -- and this team had already been traveling for approximately three hours, said Ashley Heher, spokeswoman for UChicago Medicine.

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After your heart transplant , your medical team will monitor you closely for heart rejection, which can happen in the heart muscle cells or in the heart 's arteries. They will also watch for side effects of the immunosuppressive medications, which include diabetes, infection, kidney disease, cancer or high

Although heart transplant surgery is a life- saving measure, it has many risks. After the surgery, most heart transplant patients can return to their normal levels of activity. However, fewer than 30 percent return to work for many different reasons.

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Time was "of the essence," Heher said in a statement.

When the two troopers responded to the stranded motorist call shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday, they found the team and jumped into action, rushing them and the donor heart to the hospital, said the state police.

The surgery was completed in time and the transplant recipient is recovering, Heher added.

"We're incredibly grateful to ISP – both the troopers and their dispatchers – who helped get our team and the heart they were transporting to the hospital so quickly after the flat tire," Heher said.

a man wearing a uniform standing in front of a building: Illinois State Police posted photos on Facebook of two ISP Troopers who helped deliver a heart to University of Chicago Medicine's Hyde Park campus.© Illinois State Police Illinois State Police posted photos on Facebook of two ISP Troopers who helped deliver a heart to University of Chicago Medicine's Hyde Park campus. (MORE: Nurse donates liver in life-saving transplant for 8-year-old boy)

The two troopers graduated the academy last year.

"I am extremely proud of our officers who acted without hesitation in this life saving transport," Illinois State Police Interim Capt. Angelo Mollo added in a statement.

They turned "a potentially bad situation into a thankful ending for at least one family this Thanksgiving holiday."

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