Quebec boy’s life improved with pig heart valve

Quebec boy’s life improved with pig heart valve

Quebec City (Quebec) 12 August 2015 – A 13-year old Quebec City resident, Charles-Antoine who was born with severe heart imperfections, is living a much more healthy life today thanks to a pig valve implant which was installed at an open heart surgery recently.

Charles-Antoine was born with five different heart defects and was operated on at age 3 months and 11 months to help him get through his growing years. He could not however participate at any sports or exercises requiring any kind of exertions on his heart.

On July 9th of this year at 13 years old, he was operated on at the CHUL (University Hospital) to replace a heart valve by grafting an adaptation configured from a pig. The procedure has been around for about 20 years and is practical because, the number of heart donors is small. A lot of porcine organs can be used for humans as the structure and genes are quite similar.

For now and for the next 10 to 15 years, Charles-Antoine can function almost normally. He will need to have that valve replaced in about 12 years as the tissue does not necessarily rebuild itself like a natural human tissue would do, but for now “tout va bien” for Charles-Antoine.

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