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Monday, May 14, 2012 | |  Cardiomyopathy in the News
5-month-old infant received the 100th heart transplant performed at Seattle Children’s Hospital on Saturday.

Ethan Robbins, from the Puget Sound area, suffered from congenital hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which a thickening of heart muscle inhibits blood flow through the body, said a Children’s spokesperson.

Ethan’s new heart is expected to help him have a better quality of life. The hospital’s spokesperson said Ethan is currently recovering well.

The 100th heart transplant was led by surgeons Dr. Gordon Cohen, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Dr. Lester C. Permut, program director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Education and Dr. Michael McMullan, surgical director of the ECMO Program.

”Ethan represents the 100 extremely courageous infants, children, teens and young adults to have a heart transplant at Children’s since the inception of our Heart Transplant Program in 1994,” said Dr. Yuk Law,  director of Cardiac Transplant and Heart Failure Services.  “He also represents 100 other patients and families who have made the decision to donate their own or a loved one’s heart to save a life.”

The surgeons took approximately eight hours to remove the diseased heart and replace it with the new donor heart.

“Ethan is doing well in his early recovery. We are very excited with his progress,” said Law. “We are proud to have been able to help Ethan and 99 other patients with some of the most serious heart conditions get a second chance to resume a healthy and productive life with a new heart.”

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