Successful use of ECMO in a jehovah's witness after complicated re-heart transplant

Mark J. Russo, Aurelie Merlo, Darwin Eton, Priyank J. Patel, Savitri Fedson, Allen Anderson, Atman Shah, Valluvan Jeevanandam

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We present a 29-year-old male Jehovah's Witness, who underwent a second orthotopic heart transplantation 20 years after his first transplant. After extubation, the patient aspirated and required support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). During the period of ECMO support, his hemoglobin decreased to 4.7 mg/dl. The patient was ultimately weaned from ECMO and discharged home. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of 1) heart retransplantation and 2) rescue with ECMO in a Jehovah's Witness patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-529
Number of pages2
JournalASAIO Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 13 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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