Heart to Heart with Anna

Hepatitis C and Cardiac Transplantation

May 11, 2021 Leslie Castro Season 16 Episode 304
Heart to Heart with Anna
Hepatitis C and Cardiac Transplantation
Show Notes

Leslie Castro is a 47-year-old former single ventricle patient from Pennsylvania. She was born with tricuspid atresia, pulmonary stenosis, and multiple other heart defects, and had the Classic Fontan at the age of 12 in 1985. 

Just over a year ago, she received a heart transplant. Her donor was a 29-year-old woman who was a Hepatitis C positive intravenous drug user, and Leslie had to take a case study drug to avoid contracting the virus. Leslie had a very bumpy road to recovery with multiple complications involving her brain, heart, and lungs, and required procedures after the transplant to alleviate a brain bleed and drain fluid from her lungs. 

This is Leslie’s second appearance on the show. My loyal Listeners may remember Leslie’s other program, “Classic Fontan Survivor Post-Cardiac Transplant!” (https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/7884964)

In this episode, Leslie teaches us about how some heart transplant recipients are now receiving hearts from donors who tested positive for Hepatitis C and what that means for donors and recipients.

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