Phoenix Man with Total Artificial Heart Meets the Doctors Who Saved His Life

When Trent’s heart failure rapidly progressed to needing a heart transplant, doctors at Banner University Heart Institute in Phoenix performed their first implant of the SynCardia TAH to save his life.

PHOENIX, Arizona — Sep. 26, 2018 — Currently, there are approximately 4,000 people in the United States on the waiting list to receive a lifesaving heart transplant. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing shortage of donor hearts, it can take months, even years for a matching donor heart to become available. Many of these transplant candidates are too sick to wait that long.

Trent Lunsford, 47, is one of those patients. Within just a few months of being diagnosed with heart failure, Trent went from leading a normal and healthy life to needing a new heart. To save his life and help stabilize his condition until he can receive a heart transplant, his doctors at Banner University Heart Institute in Phoenix performed their first implant of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH).

Now, thanks to their decisive action, Trent has a second chance at life, and it’s a gift he’s grateful for.

“Everything in my life, I look at it differently,” said Trent. “I’m thankful to be here. I still have my wife. I still have my life. What more could I ask for?”

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