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ORLANDO, Fla. – Hospital officers stated the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t affecting AdventHealth’s transplant program.
Savannah Nissel joined AdventHealth’s morning briefing on Thursday. She recalled what life was like earlier than her coronary heart transplant.
“I had by no means ran in my life. I had by no means been capable of play crew sports activities, I used to be by no means capable of chase after my canine within the entrance yard,” Nissel stated.
When Nissel was three years previous, she stated medical doctors discovered a coronary heart murmur. She stated she lived asymptomatic till she was 19, when she obtained life-changing information from her physician.
“He stated, ‘Effectively you in all probability have about 2 to five years along with your coronary heart,’” Nissel stated.
She went on the transplant checklist final summer time. Nissel obtained a coronary heart in August, however then she examined optimistic for COVID-19.
AdventHealth transplant heart specialist Dr. Stacy Mandras stated that prevented her from getting the transplant.
“In that setting the place they’re actively contaminated, transplant is solely not an possibility,” Mandras stated.
Mandras stated regardless of the pandemic, they really did extra transplants final 12 months. Hospital officers stated they did 64 coronary heart transplants.
Information from the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies reveals Florida noticed a rise in transplants between 2019 and 2020. Information additionally reveals there was a rise in donors. In response to the information, these have been the very best ever reported numbers since officers began monitoring these stats greater than 30 years in the past.
“I’d say from a transplant standpoint, a coronary heart transplant standpoint, I don’t consider that COVID actually affected the work that they’re doing all that a lot,” Mandras stated.
After testing damaging, Nissel obtained a brand new coronary heart final September.
“Everyone is like, ‘Oh my gosh you stroll so quick,’” she stated. “And I’m like, ‘That’s trigger I obtained a younger coronary heart, new engine.’”
Nissel provides she all the time remembers the donor and by no means takes this reward without any consideration.
“That is one thing that I’m residing not only for myself, however for any person else,” she stated.
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