Healthy Living: A Continued Gift
Mark Girard Jr.’s heart is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
He was attacked and killed while sticking up for a friend in 2014.
His heart was transplanted into a man who died a month later.
As Michelle Dunaway shows us, what surgeons did then has only been done nine other times in the world.
Dr. Pretorius expects heart re-transplantation to continue to be rare, since fewer than 5 percent of recipients die in the first year after surgery.
But with 2,000 heart transplants every year in the U.S., and a long waiting list, re-transplantation is an option