Happy End for two-year-old Berlin Heart patient McKinley. After her heart began to fail, conceivably of a virus infection and subsequent myocarditis, a heart transplant seemed to be unavoidable. To save her life, McKinley was fitted with an EXCOR® Pediatric system. Initially the device was intended to serve as a bridge to heart transplantation (BTT = Bridge to Transplant), but turned into a "Bridge to Recovery" (BTR). Shortly after the procedure she started improving against all expectations, so much that doctors of the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City could actually remove the system. Now little McKinley tries to make up all the lost time and almost runs, jumps and plays as if nothing bad had happened - and all that with her own heart.
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