IT'S A DEADLY WAITING GAME.
AS MANY AS 20-PERCENT OF CHILDREN STANDING BY FOR A HEART TRANSPLANT DIE BEFORE THEY GET ONE.
TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST SHOWS US HOW A DEVICE FOR ADULTS IS NOW HELPING KIDS.
THESE DAYS, C-J MOORE IS HAPPY TO BE PLAYING BASKETBALL, EVEN IF IT'S FROM THE COUCH.
"Well, there's not much I can do right now."
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, C-J WAS IN MUCH WORSE SHAPE. HIS HEART WAS ENLARGED, AND DOCTORS DIDN'T KNOW WHY.
"I was scared."
"It was a hard, hard thing to see my child, and I couldn't do anything about it." C-J NEEDED A NEW HEART. HE GOT ON THE TRANSPLANT LIST BUT TO KEEP HIM ALIVE UNTIL ONE WAS AVAILABLE -- DUKE SURGEON ANDREW LODGE IMPLANTED THIS PUMP IN HIS CHEST. IT'S IN CLINICAL TRIALS FOR ADULTS. C-J WAS ONLY THE FOURTH CHILD IN THE U-S TO RECEIVE IT.
""So we had to pursue the company and the FDA to allow us to implant the device."
THE BATTERY-POWERED DEVICE IS PLACED IN THE LEFT VENTRICLE AND PUMPS BLOOD TO THE AORTA. IT'S SMALL ENOUGH TO USE IN SOME KIDS, AND IT'S PORTABLE, SO PATIENTS DON'T HAVE TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL.
HERE WAS C-J'S ENLARGED HEART BEFORE THE PUMP.
AND AFTER. C-J WORE THE DEVICE FOR FOUR LONG MONTHS, THEN THEY FINALLY GOT THE CALL
"I just started hollering and screaming, and he said Mama, what's wrong? And I said CJ, we got a heart!"
SINCE THE TRANSPLANT -C-J'S GETTING BACK TO NORMAL.
HE'S ON 32 PILLS A DAY - BUT...
"You couldn't be sad because he was so excited!"
EXCITED ABOUT HIS NEW HEART AND HIS NEW LIFE.
ALL MADE POSSIBLE BY THIS PUMP.
C-J WILL BE ON SOME OF HIS MEDICATIONS FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.
DOCTOR LODGE SAYS HE MAY NEED ONE OR TWO MORE HEART TRANSPLANTS BECAUSE HE'S SO YOUNG.
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