UK releases data on heart surgery program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky has reversed course and released records showing the death rates in a children's heart surgery program that was suspended last fall during an internal review.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports UK Healthcare CEO Michael Karpf said the mortality rates were in a normal range of between 4.5 percent and 7.1 percent from 2008 to 2012.

UK Healthcare stopped performing cardiothoracic surgeries on children in December and put the program under review. The university declined to say what prompted the review and refused to release records on the number of deaths in the program.

The release of the records on Friday came after hundreds of people signed an online petition asking that the figures be released.

UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the review of the program continues.

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