With the help of people like you, we are making huge strides in improving cardiac care in Newfoundland and Labrador. But there is still work to be done.
The Provincial Cardiac Care Program is currently in need of mechanical heart technology, crucial life-saving eqipment for cardiac patients.
Mechanical Heart Technology, commonly known as Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), is quickly becoming a standard of care for many. While we curently have state-of-the art equipment needed for open-heart surgery, having a mechanical heart will alow us to provide care to those patients requiring a bit more help to recover.
A mechanical heart will allow us to provide care to patients who require several days of heart support either before or after their surgery. It can also be used to help patients coping with severe lung problems,such as influenza or pneumonia, allowing their lungs to rest and heal. This device is also very portable, which would help those patients who need support before flying to another province to receive either a heart or lung transplant.
"This is lifesaving equipment. Without this equipment, and the amazing health care professionals who cared for me, I would not be here today. I’ll never forget being rushed into the emergency room in St. John’s, only to wake up two weeks later in Ottawa unaware of how I got there. It was terrifying. While I will forever be grateful for the incredible care I received that saved my life, having a mechanical heart in this province could have reduced my recovery time, all while facing the scariest time of my life near the comforts of home."
- Terry White, Heart Transplant Survivor, 43