Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrating survival

SMILES FROM THE HEART: Keith Lordan and his wife Linda Lordan reunite with Thoralf M. Sundt, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, on June 5. Keith Lordan was one of 12 cardiac patients who came together with MGH Cardiac Surgery clinicians from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program for a reunion at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation. The patients were given a second chance at life thanks in part to the ECMO technique, in which a heart and lung device is implanted outside of a patient’s body to oxygenate and remove carbon dioxide from the blood, allowing the patient’s damaged organs time to recover. The ECMO program at the MGH is the first adult program in New England and the only adult program in Massachusetts.

Read more articles from the 06/20/14 Hotline issue.


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