University of Rochester Medical Center
The 41-year-old man received a new heart March 21. And the steady rhythm in his chest “is simply amazing.” Heysham returned to his home in Marcy, near Utica, today.
It’s a welcome sensation for Heysham, because four years ago he had a heart pump, o rventricular assist device, implanted in his chest to keep his heart beating and he couldn’t feel a heart beat or pulse. H. Todd Massey, M.D.,URMC cardiac transplant surgeon, performed the life-saving transplant.URMC’s Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation is the only center in upstate New York to perform heart transplants and is a leader in the use of ventricular assist devices (VADs).