Oonly 12% of heart transplants involve children, or around 600 worldwide each year. Most of these surgeries take place in the United States. A teenager from Brooklyn Heights received the first ever transplant at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital in NYU Langone.
Maz Zisan, 18, was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure before a team of pediatric cardiac surgeons successfully replaced his heart on August 28, 2021. Maz suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disease in which the heart muscle becomes unusually thick. making it difficult for his heart to pump blood to the rest of his body.
“Heart transplantation was the only saving option for Maz to have an improved second chance at life,” said Rakesh Singh, MD, medical director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program, pediatric cardiologist and associate professor at the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone. âThe success of our first transplant is a testament to the teamwork at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital in NYU Langone. “
Maz was put on the transplant list on April 8 of this year, and on August 26, he received a call telling him that an organ donor was available.
The transplant procedure was performed by TK Susheel Kumar, MD, surgical director of the pediatric heart failure and transplant program, pediatric cardiac surgeon and associate professor at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery; and Nader Moazami, MD, surgical director of adult heart transplantation at the NYU Langone Transplant Institute.
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