Heart transplant

Columbia pediatric heart transplant patient achieves dream of football draft pick


For Sam Prince, who was born with a rare and complex congenital heart defect, announcing the New York Giants’ first draft pick has always been a dream. But first, he had to survive.

“Sam had two surgeries at Columbia before he was one year old, but by the age of 7 he was suffering from heart failure and needed a heart transplant and repair of his vascular system. right lung,” says Warren Zuckerman, MD, pediatric cardiologist at Prince’s. treatment team and associate professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“Immediately after the transplant surgery, Sam was up and at them,” Zuckerman says. “A lot of other kids with congenital heart disease or heart transplants will look at him and think, wow, he’s a normal kid doing normal things.”

“Sam was always talking about wanting to go to school to be a sports broadcaster, so it was no surprise to me that was his wish,” says Marc Richmond, MD, another cardiologist on Prince’s team and professor. aggregate. pediatrics at Columbia.

This spring, 11 years after his heart transplant, his wish was granted.

“He was always passionate about the Giants; he’s not faking it,” Zuckerman says. “He knows all the college players inside and out. I’m a big Giants fan but I can’t keep up with it. »