The Baptist Heart Institute at Baptist Memphis, the only Mid-South hospital that performs adult heart transplants, recently celebrated the 30-year Anniversary of one of its heart transplant patients. While this is exciting on its own, the most remarkable part of the story is that this patient’s uncle is the current longest heart transplant survivor, living 32.8 years before his death in 2020.
Fifty percent of heart transplant patients live 13 years post-transplant.
The very first heart transplant in Memphis was performed Oct. 21, 1985, and that patient lived 21 years.
The Baptist Heart Institute offers comprehensive heart services in one location and includes Baptist’s heart transplant program. The Advanced Heart Failure Program is located within the Baptist Heart Institute and provides comprehensive cardiac care for patients diagnosed with advanced heart failure but who no longer respond to medication and require frequent hospitalizations.