UK Revitalizing Children's Heart Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The congenital heart surgery program for children at the University of Kentucky has been shut down since last spring, when its surgeon left to take a job in Texas, and youngsters needing surgery have had to go out of state for treatment.

That poses hardships for families and is a situation UK pediatrics chairman Timothy Bricker says he wants to end.

The university recently hired Doctor Mark Plunkett, a noted pediatric children's heart surgeon from UCLA, who will perform operations and be co-director of a new Kentucky Children's Heart Center at Children's Hospital.

Plunkett says his immediate goal will be getting the children's surgery program back in operation as quickly as possible, then bringing new services on line, such as heart transplants for youngsters and care for adults who received heart operations in childhood, a new, emerging group of patients.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Heather Location: KY on Dec 27, 2007 at 06:20 AM
    My daughter has a congenital heart defect, which does not require surgery, but we were appalled to learn that there is really nowhere in the state that really "treats" these diseases, if they require long term, surgical care. Our Ped told us we would have to go to Cincinnati. Very sad. UK is revered as a children's treatment hospital, but they are still very behind in some areas, it appears. Glad to see they are making strides......


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