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Le Bonheur successfully performs heart transplant on 20-month-old

Lyric Everhart (Source: Le Bonheur Children's Hospital) Lyric Everhart (Source: Le Bonheur Children's Hospital)

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital successfully performed a heart transplant on a 20-month-old patient.

Lyric Everhart of Memphis, Tennessee, was diagnosed on September 15 with acute heart failure.

A team of Le Bonheur doctors successfully completed the surgery Saturday night.

Le Bonheur said the surgery is a culmination of years of work, recruitment, and strategy to create a transplant program in its world-class Heart Institute.

“I am proud to be part of the Heart Institute transplant team and expect that we’ll be able to eventually perform 10-12 transplants per year,” Dr. Umar Boston said. “The transplant is an important milestone for the Heart Institute program and for Le Bonheur as a center of excellence for the care of children in our community. We know that this will help families in our community who have children with end-stage heart disease.”

“The heart transplant program is the final piece in the puzzle of building a world-class Heart Institute at Le Bonheur,” said Meri Armour, Le Bonheur president and CEO. “The families we care for are the real winners here, as they now have yet another level of stellar pediatric care available to them. We are thankful for families, like this donor heart family, who are willing to give such precious gifts to children. Our team of experts, including Drs. Umar Boston, Chris Knott-Craig and Jeffrey Towbin, is among the most elite in pediatric cardiovascular care and I am humbled to have them as a part of our Le Bonheur family.” 

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