Sunday, May 11, 2014

Chile: Heart Transplant Recipient, 29, Has Second Child Ten Years After Receiving New Heart in 2004

According to The Latin American Tribune, a Chilean woman, 29, who had a heart transplant in 2004, has given birth to a healthy baby at the same hospital in Viña del Mar where she was operated 10 years previously, medical officials said Saturday (May 11).

“There are very few successful cases in the world; there can’t be more than 30 or 40 women who have had heart transplants and have successfully given birth afterwards,” Dr. Ernesto Aranguiz, head of cardiovascular surgery at the Gustavo Fricke Hospital, told local media.

Daillana Llanos, 29, is in excellent condition, as is her daughter, who was born in her mother’s 37th week of pregnancy.

The woman had her heart transplant in November 2004 due to dilated cardiomyopathy, soon after having her first baby girl.

COMMENT: Daillana’s heart “stopped functioning as a result of giving birth to her first daughter. We received her in very severe condition, but fortunately we had a donor and with that a chance to give her a new heart,” Aranguiz said.

During her second pregnancy, the patient was under permanent observation at the hospital, Dr. Gabriel Andwanter, head of the fetal medicine unit, said. Daillana “was very nervous about the effect of the immuno-suppressant drugs,” he said.

“Fortunately, there was no problem; an elective cesarian section was planned and the final result has been very satisfactory” he said.