“How do you say thank you for giving your baby life?” Nicole still wonders. In addition to the gratitude she feels towards Dravyn’s transplant team, Nicole has as special place in her heart for the family of the donor.
Jay Yim, 21, had worked on improving his fitness since age 15. In preparation for this year's Los Angeles Marathon on March 21, the University of Southern California pre-med student had been training with a marathon club and regularly did 10-mile runs on his own. The day before the race, he had a carbo-loading dinner with his club members...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdrwsxTVT6E Todd Dunlap, 62, arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's emergency room on Aug. 8 suffering from shortness of breath, fatigue and extreme cold. When a CT scan revealed a 24-inch clot stretching from his legs into his heart, doctors feared the mass could break loose [...]
I HEART UCLA BY D. Leichnitz This is not my story. This is not a story about him. This is our story and how UCLA saved my life. To fully understand the severity of my condition, we must go back to Thanksgiving 2011. I was spending time with [...]
In the afternoon of June 2, I contacted my on call physician, part of the UCLA Health System, and described an abnormally low pulse rate and some occasional dizziness. I requested a next day appointment and was advised that an EKG would need to be performed during this visit and [...]
I was born with a heart condition and have had 3 open heart surgeries by the age of 5. Back then my condition was rare and I had a 50/50 chance of surviving. Growing up I had restrictions on my life, but I felt healthy and good. A few years [...]
In June of 2009, my cardiologist advised me that my heart's mitral valve was failing and needed to be replaced. I searched for surgeons who performed minimally invasive heart surgery, and I discovered Dr. Richard Shemin at UCLA Medical Center. Not only did Dr. Shemin successfully perform the [...]
Five years ago this month (Feb) my nephew was so very fortunate to receive a heart transplant at the UCLA Medical Center. He was born with heart defects and after operations and 40 plus years needed major surgery. He was flown from the east coast to UCLA for surgery by [...]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aCiBAKptNnA Keyota Cole was born with a bad heart. The 33-year-old from of Bakersfield, Calif., suffers from a congenital heart disease called Ebstein's malformation of the tricuspid valve, and from abnormal pulmonary veins. She has undergone multiple surgeries over her lifetime, including one to repair a [...]