heart transplant

“This is the heart transplant support group,” says Codie Lieto, far right, a clinical social worker at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We meet with patients, families, and their caregivers. It’s important to have peer-to-peer support. We try to facilitate patients and families being able to support one another and [...]
By uclahealth • April 12, 2019
“I got my heart and kidney transplant done at the same time,” says 61-year-old Frank Poblete, who was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after having heart problems since 2001. “I stayed here for [...]
By uclahealth • April 10, 2019
“I’d let other kids know that you’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days, but every day is worth it,” says 13-year-old Osker Gamboa, who received a heart transplant three years ago at
By uclahealth • April 5, 2019
“The doctor said, ‘There’s nothing else we can do,’ but my daughter said, ‘We want a new heart,’” says 70-year-old Sarah Hopkins, whose congestive heart failure had her in and out of the hospital. “I heard UCLA Health was a great hospital, so I [...]
By uclahealth • April 3, 2019
“In June of 2017, three years after I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, I arrived at UCLA Health,” says Michael Trovato, whose condition had continually worsened. “I was assessed by a few hospitals in California, all of which declined to accept me as [...]
By uclahealth • April 1, 2019
“It all started with a cough,” says Carlos Garcia, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the recommendation of his cardiologist in 2009. “They told me my heart was very weak and starting to stop. I had a pacemaker put [...]
By uclahealth • March 4, 2019
“I have three kidneys,” says Wayne Darrington, a heart, lung and kidney transplant patient from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I feel so grateful and blessed to be alive [...]
By uclahealth • January 2, 2019
“Having heart disease is not easy, and finding out the only cure is a heart transplant is really difficult,” says 24-year-old Iris Franco, who received a heart transplant at 16 years old at UCLA Health. “My younger sister became ill when she was 10 years [...]
By uclahealth • January 2, 2019
Sean Keoni Craig never could have imagined he would be a guest at the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant holiday party held in early December. After all, it was only in [...]
By Amy Albin • December 17, 2018
A lifelong athlete, Michael Coulter shares advice on getting through a major health hurdle Michael Coulter (No. 28) on the 1976 Rose Bowl championship Bruin football team. He maintained a high level of fitness  for decades after his athletic career, but developed heart failure in [...]
By Amy Albin • October 17, 2018