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Alfred Williams

  • Age: 41 (at implant)
  • Diagnosis: Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Implant date: Feb. 21, 2013
  • Status: Waiting for a matching donor heart and kidney
  • Hospital: Ochsner Medical Center
  • Surgeon(s): Dr. Aditya Bansal

When Alfred Williams was admitted to Ochsner Medical Center in December, the 41-year-old father of five had exhausted all treatment options for his enlarged heart. His condition, known as dilated cardiomyopathy, had progressed to end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of his heart. Unable to walk, he had been confined to a bed for months. Hospice care seemed like the only option Mr. Williams had left… until doctors approached him about becoming Ochsner’s first patient to receive the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.

 

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