Heart transplant

Father gives birth to first child with heart transplant


A young father diagnosed with severe heart disease was able to witness the birth of his first child thanks to a transplant.

Ross Peters, of Dundee, was 21 when he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that affects its ability to pump blood throughout the body.

Five years later, while in confinement, his health deteriorated and he was readmitted to hospital where he was told he was too sick to leave.

His wife Shauni was pregnant with their first child and Mr Peters feared she might miss the birth.

Ross Peters with his wife Shauni and Louis
Ross Peters was able to witness the birth of his first child thanks to a heart transplant (Document / PA)

Speaking about his life-saving transplant, Mr Peters said: “It sounds funny, but I felt this warm feeling go through my body, like a weight was being lifted.

“All I could think of was being away for Louis’s birth, which I didn’t think would happen.

“After the transplant, I took each day at a time, step by step, until the baby could be released from the hospital, which I did.

“I take 15 pills a day but I get out of bed – I can do whatever I want, nothing is stopping me.

“Now I can raise my son and none of this would have been possible without a heart transplant.”

Dr Jane Cannon, NHS Golden Jubilee transplant consultant cardiologist, said: ‘Sometimes people are so sick when they come here that they can end up on the waiting list for an urgent heart transplant.

“This means they don’t leave the hospital until they receive a new heart.

“In some cases, patients can get to a point where they rely on machines to keep them alive until a suitable organ is found.

“Often times awareness of their health is only registered when they are in better physical health – this awareness can be very dramatic and affects people in different ways.

“When patients return home after the transplant, daily activities like getting up and opening the curtains or going for a walk can really bring home the fact that they have received the gift of life from people who have given their donations. organs.

“It is therefore important that you make your wishes known to your loved ones so that they can honor your wishes when appropriate.”

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Ross Peters at the NHS Golden Jubilee after receiving his heart transplant (Handout / PA)

The hospital team has performed 36 heart transplants since the start of the pandemic for patients across the country.

In March, the Human Tissue (Authorization) (Scotland) Act 2019 – passed by the Scottish Parliament in July 2019 – entered into force.

The legislation provides for a system of “deemed authorization” or non-participation in the donation of organs and tissues for transplantation.

This means that if you have not retired by the time of your death, the law allows the donation of certain organs and tissues for transplantation.

This does not apply if you are part of an excluded group or if it has been established that this would be contrary to your point of view.


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