February 22, 2013 |
IT WAS 1985, Ernie Schiff had just gotten a new heart - his was the fifth such transplant in Philadelphia - and his wife wanted to know what was next. "The coordinator handed me a big book," said Anne Schiff, now 82. "I didn't understand anything about the book. I said, 'You know, I think we should start a group.' And I said, 'Let's call it Second Chance.' Because that's exactly what it was. " Twenty-eight years and nearly 2,500 heart transplants later, Second Chance quietly continues its same dual mission: support for patients who want to know what will happen to them and fundraising to help them afford it. It has expanded from Temple University Hospital, then the local pioneer, to the three other general hospitals in Philly that now do heart transplants - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Hospital.
April 4, 2012
Cheney released with new heart WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after getting a new heart, his office said. Cheney, 71, received the organ March 24 from an unknown donor at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. "As he leaves the hospital, the former vice president and his family want to again express their deep gratitude to the donor and the donor's family for this remarkable gift," aide Kara Ahern said in a statement.
March 26, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71. Still, his case reopens debate about whether rules should be changed to favor youth over age in giving out scarce organs. As it stands, time on the waiting list, medical need, and where you live determine the odds of receiving a new heart - not how many years you'll live to make use of it. Cheney had the transplant Saturday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., where he also received an implanted heart pump that has kept him alive since July 2010.
March 12, 2012 |
Question: I had a major heart attack about two years ago. My cardiologist says my heart pumps only half as well as a healthy heart. I'm on a number of heart medications, but can you tell me whether anyone is studying a way to restore a weak heart like mine to the way it was? Answer: A heart attack is the permanent damage and death of heart muscle resulting from a blockage to the blood vessel supplying that area. Once an area of tissue is dead, it forms a permanent scar and is gone for good - or so we've always thought.
December 25, 2011 |
As the months in the hospital went by - two, then three, then six - what 13-year-old Julia Parmisciano kept hoping for was to be home for Christmas. She told her mother she didn't want any presents. She just wanted to be with her family, like usual. On Saturday, a Christmas tree sparkled in the living room. And there beside it sat a petite girl with long, brown hair eating an egg sandwich. Julia - and her new heart - had made it. She grimaced as she took her last pill of the morning - No. 7, and they're big. But then she looked up with big, brown eyes and smiled the smile that one of her doctors said "could light up the universe.
December 24, 2011 |
As the months in the hospital went by - two, then three, then six - what 13-year-old Julia Parmisciano kept hoping for was to be home for Christmas. She told her mother she didn't want any presents. She just wanted to be with her family, like usual. On Saturday, a Christmas tree sparkled in the living room. And there beside it sat a petite girl with long brown hair, eating an egg sandwich. Julia - and her new heart - had made it. She grimaced as she took her last pill of the morning - No. 7, and they're big. But then she looked up with big brown eyes and smiled the smile that one of her doctors said "could light up the universe.
October 31, 2011 |
TWO-TIME heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton earned a PGA Tour card when he finished in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list, while Ken Duke won the season-ended Nationwide Tour Championship yesterday in Charleston, S.C., to also secure a spot on the big tour. Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 10-under on Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course, two better than Scott Brown. The 42-year-old Duke earned $180,000 and went from 36th to seventh on the money list.
May 4, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - No female trainer has ever won the Kentucky Derby. No trainer with a replacement heart has ever won the Derby, either. Kathy Ritvo is trying to do both. Three years ago, Ritvo watched the Derby in a critical care unit of a Miami hospital, waiting for a donor. Six months later, after being tethered to machines that kept her heart functioning, Ritvo got her donor, and her new heart took over for the old one that was completely worn out. Ritvo, 41, is at Churchill Downs this week.
June 20, 2010
John C. Bogle is the author of the newly revised Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life. He is a father of six and grandfather of 12 Graduation season and Father's Day are a fitting time to reflect on the past and contemplate the future; a time to impart lessons learned to future generations. There is a wonderful story - which is, I fear, apocryphal - told of Sir Winston Churchill's doing just that in a return to Harrow School, from which he had graduated in 1893. As the story goes, Churchill was well into his 80s - frail, wizened, and stooped - when he attended the annual opening of school.
June 15, 2010 |
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Erik Compton describes himself as a dreamer, and that is an important trait to have for someone who has endured two heart transplants and still returned to golf, the game he loves. Compton, 30, a former all-American at Georgia, fulfilled a huge dream last week by qualifying for his first U.S. Open. He played his initial full 18-hole practice round Monday at the seaside Pebble Beach Golf Links and said he almost gotten dizzy looking around "just because it's so surreal.