Arkansas man who had artificial heart receives donor heart

Arkansas man who had artificial heart receives donor heart

JONESBORO, AR (WMC) - A Mid-South man who was being kept alive by the artificial heart he carried in a backpack now has a real donor heart!

Last week, WMC5 introduced you to 23-year-old Chadarius Johnson.

At 19 he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and received an artificial heart to keep him alive.

The device connected through tubes in his stomach carried in a backpack.

Johnson received a human heart Thursday at Baptist-Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

Most patients with end-stage heart failure would have received an LVAD, but for Johnson, an LVAD wasn’t enough.

He had already been placed on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) - a treatment that provides support for patients with extreme cardiac and respiratory failure - to stabilize his condition.

While waiting for a donor heart, the only option for Johnson was a Total Artificial Heart.

“The heart transplant went well,” said Dr. John Ransom. “I’ve gotten to know Chad extensively and to see this day come for him is very exciting. He was doing so well on the Total Artificial Heart that we were able to wait for a good donor heart.”

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