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Infant Heart Transplant Timeline

As of today, there have been 467 pediatric heart transplants performed (under 18 years of age)
As of today, there have been 103 neonatal heart transplants performed (under 30 days of age)

October 26, 1984 - Baby Fae receives the heart of a baboon.

November 20, 1985
- "Baby Moses" receives a new human heart.

October 16, 1987 - Paul Holc receives a new heart when 3 hours old.

February 8, 1988
- Loma Linda International Heart Institute opens.

1993 - First combined heart/kidney transplant performed.

November 10, 1993 - Loma Linda University Children's Hospital holds grand opening ceremonies.

2000 - Rapamine, a new immunosuppressant used in combination of either Cyclosporin or Prograf, reducing the toxicity of these immunosuppressant drugs.

May 3, 2001 - LLUMC implants world's smallest pacemaker into infant.

February 19, 2002
- Reached 100 neonatal heart transplants (under 30 days)

- Patient L.D receives her third heart transplant.

2004 - Patient J.J.P receives his third heart transplant.

July 27, 2007 - First ABO incompatible donor/recipient heart transplant performed at LLUMC.

February 20, 2008 - Berlin Heart (a heart assist device) used successfully for 53 days until a donor heart became available.

2009 - Protocol established for "Donation after Death" to increase the donor pool.



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