The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart was her only option for survival. After three weeks of support with the TAH, Danielle received a donor heart.
Danielle was born with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects connective tissue, so she was screened for heart problems regularly. Doctors discovered that a massive infection of her heart had led to endocarditis.
Surgeons hoped to repair the damage to her heart, but while Danielle was sedated and waiting for her surgery to begin in the operating room, her heart stopped. The doctors gave Danielle’s parents three options: do nothing, repair what they could before her organs gave out, or implant the TAH to keep her alive until a donor heart became available. Knowing that their daughter could have a long and happy life ahead of her, her parents chose the TAH.
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