‘Excellent’ outcomes for world’s first partial heart transplant recipient

An infant with truncus arteriosus was the first to undergo the novel procedure, doctors say.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Baby Owen Monroe pre-surgery.

Surgeons who performed the world’s first neonatal partial heart transplant say the procedure could improve outcomes for newborns with irreparable heart valve dysfunction. 

The US team reported that their patient Owen Monroe’s transplanted aortic and pulmonary valves showed adaptive growth and “excellent” haemodynamic function more than a year after the operation.