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This is good news, imo, because it indicates advancements in health care in the country.

Panama’s 1st heart transplant a success

THREE MONTHS, after Panama’s first heart transplant,  the recipient  is stable  and has not rejected the new organ.

At a Tuesday, June 7 press conference, Social Security doctors  and specialists who did the operation reaffirmed the success of the procedure.

They said the recipient, a 51-year-old woman,According to, a cardiologist at the University of Utah, the organ is being closely monitored to ensure the organ is not rejected.

So far six biopsies have been done and all signs are pointing to the operation being a success.

Jose Nativi-Nicolau a cardiologist at The University of Utah explained that the biopsies are sent for examination so the University, which has an agreement with Panama,.

Cardiologist Temístocles Díaz said that the patient who received the transplant can participate in activities, such as walking for 30 to 40 minutes a day.

Two people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant.


Edited by Keith Woolford

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Speaking of organ transplants I've learned recently that Medellin Colombia is one of the world's leaders in organ transplants and it's all because of the numerous scooters on the roadway. All emergency room personnel call motorcycle and scooter riders "future organ donors."

So, that's what Panama needs -- more motos and abolish the helmet law so there is an abundance of donors.

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Three Panama patients await heart transplants

Heart transplant team

FOLLOWING Panama’s first successful heart transplant last year there are three male patients on a waiting list say health authorities.

Alejandro Vernaza, director of the National Transplant Laboratory of the Social Security Fund, said that since 2015, potential recipients have been undergoing tests to determine their suitability for a transplant.

The aim of the tests is to avoid rejection Vernaza explained that when a heart becomes available, specialists have four and a half hours to determine which of the people on the list are most compatible.

After determining who is the most compatible patient, another test is performed on the recipient to avoid rejection. This last analysis is called cross­testing, he said.

T he first heart transplant in Panama was performed on March 11, 2016, on a 51­year­old woman. It was performed at Punta Pacífica Hospital by a team of doctors from that facility and Social Security.

The surgical team was composed of four surgeons, including Miguel Guerra and Manuel

Ochoa. The cardiologist in charge was Temístocles Diaz Three Panama patients await heart transplants

Guerra, the medical director of the Social Security Hospital Complex, said that carrying out a transplant is a demanding task. He said that the scale of these operations has necessitated a  public­private partnership in place to make them possible.



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Great health care in Panama. Bet the cost is a lot less then the US!

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