BEND, Ore. (AP) — Doctors in California have transplanted a heart into a 9-year-old Oregon girl who has been attached for nearly eight months to a device the size of a miniature refrigerator to keep her ailing heart going.
The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/ZfVYWi) that Lindsey Bingham is one of three children in an Eastern Oregon family with an enlarged heart.
Even as Lindsey was recovering Thursday from the transplant surgery, her 13-year-old sister, Sierra, was four rooms away, with doctors suspecting her body was rejecting a 2006 heart transplant.
The operation was done at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Lindsey had waited at the hospital since June for a heart from a suitable donor.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com