WHAT: A Utah man is doing well after surgeons at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray performed a historic surgery to save his life: the first successful combined heart-liver transplant in an adult patient in the Intermountain West.
The success of the procedure opens the door for other patients in the Intermountain West with both heart and renal failure to have transplants. Only a handful of transplant centers across the country have the depth of specialized resources and personnel available to perform such a complex procedure and then provide ongoing care.
“This is a great step for patients in the Intermountain West who may require this type of transplantation in the future,” says Willem Van der Werf, MD, Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at Intermountain Medical Center.
The patient and the medical team will address the news media Thursday morning.
WHEN: 10:30 am, Thursday, May 30, 2013
WHERE: Intermountain Medical Center 5121 South Cottonwood Street – Murray (Meet in main lobby in patient tower – Bldg #5)