Press Release from SynCardia: TUCSON, Ariz. – July 25, 2012
"I Feel Better Than I've Felt in Years, Maybe Even My Entire Life," Says Shawn Galloway
On Sept. 20, 2011, 39-year-old Shawn Galloway was given new life when she received a donor heart transplant after 60 days of support with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. This September, Galloway and her family will be blessed with new life for a second time.
I wouldn't even be here to consider adopting had it not been for the grace of God and SynCardia." Galloway was diagnosed with heart failure in 2003, after she began experiencing shortness of breath while three months pregnant with her daughter Hannah. She spent three weeks in the hospital while doctors stabilized her with medication and went on to have a healthy delivery. A year later, Galloway was hospitalized again with the same symptoms, but was able to live a relatively normal life for the next seven years. However, in February 2011, she came down with a virus she couldn’t shake and ended up back in the hospital.
“My cardiologist told me we had gotten all the miles we could out of my heart and that they were going to start working me up for a transplant,” said Galloway. “It was beyond my ability to grasp. You hear about heart transplants, but you never really think it’s going to happen to you. They got me on the transplant list but I got sicker and sicker as I waited. Every night we prayed for a heart to come and it just never did.” To save Galloway’s life, on July 22, 2011, doctors at Texas Heart Institute performed their first implant of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart to bridge her to a transplant. She was the first of four patients to receive the Total Artificial Heart at Texas Heart Institute during a 12-day period.
Shawn Galloway was the first SynCardia Total Artificial Heart patient in Houston to be switched to the Freedom® portable driver. On Aug. 23, 2011, she was discharged from Texas Heart Institute to wait for a matching donor heart at home. A month after her surgery, Galloway became the first patient in Houston to be switched to the Freedom® portable driver, the world’s first wearable power supply for the Total Artificial Heart. On Aug. 23, 2011, she was discharged from the hospital to wait for a matching donor heart at home just in time to take her daughter to school for her first day of second grade. Galloway says she is very grateful for the support she received from her family and her husband Joel, who is a pastor.
While waiting for her donor heart, Galloway was able to go shopping at the mall, go out to dinner with her family and attend church to hear her husband preach. Two months after receiving the Total Artificial Heart, a matching donor heart became available.
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