After Perilous Three Months, Young Lexington Heart Patient is Rebounding - Cincinnati Children's Blog

After Perilous Three Months, Young Lexington Heart Patient is Rebounding

After three months at Cincinnati Children’s, Marquis Davis and his family are finally celebrating his homecoming in Lexington, Ky. When Marquis was first transferred to Cincinnati, the 10-year-old heart transplant patient was given a slim chance of survival.

Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Marquis received a new heart in 2005. But last November, Marquis experienced a life-threatening rejection.

Dr. Clifford Chin, director of pediatric heart transplant services at Cincinnati Children’s, explained that even after many years, rejection is the top cause of problems with any transplanted organ.

Rather than perform a second transplant, Dr. Chin decided to give Marquis’ heart a chance to rest and rebuild. Among other treatments, Marquis was given medicine to address the stiffness of his heart muscle after the trauma, and he was placed on a left ventricular assist device.

Marquis is home now and hopes to return to school soon.

“I just want to thank God that I am better,” he said.

Read more in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

 

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