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12/13/2018 - 12/13/2018 | Berlin

With an Artificial Heart Pump Across the Atlantic

Chloe is the first American child
to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to Berlin, in pursuit of a life-saving heart surgery. In the German Heart Center Berlin an artificial heart pump could be explanted, as the toddler's heart muscle had recovered. Thus, heart transplant could be avoided.

Due to life-threatening heart muscle inflammation, two-year-old Chloé Caldwell from Salt Lake City in the US had to be connected to an artificial heart pump, the “Berlin Heart Pediatric Excor device” developed in Berlin. A subsequent heart transplant initially seemed the only way to save the child’s life.

But then medical data suggested that Chloé's own heart could have recovered through the mechanical relief. It seemed that the child might no longer need the device. But in the USA the "Berlin Heart" there is hardly any experience with the surgical removal of the system due to recovery of the own heart.

Therefore, Chloé's parents brought their child to Germany for surgery by ambulance jet – as the German Heart Center Berlin has performed the largest number of artificial heart pump explantation in children worldwide.

The procedure was successful. Chloé is just about to travel back home - without the artificial heart pump living with her own heart. She will she be home in America not only for Christmas but also for her third birthday on December 22nd.

Chloé's parents want to go public in order to draw attention in the US to the message that for some children- albeit only few – recovery of the own heart can be an alternative strategy to heart transplantation.

Therefore, we cordially invite you to meet Chloé, her parents and the attending physicians, if you would like to report on this process which is unique worldwide:

Next Thursday,
December 13, 2018
10:00 a.m.
at the German Heart Center Berlin
Augustenburger Platz 1
13363 Berlin
Library, 2nd floor (access signposted).

Expected to be present:

Ryan and Treasure Caldwell with their daughter, Chloé
Prof. Dr. med. Felix Berger, Director, Department of Congenital Heart Disease - Pediatric Cardiology
Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Photiadis, Director, Department of Congenital Heart Surgery - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
PD Dr. med. Katharina Schmitt, Senior Physician and Head of the Pediatric Ward
Dr. med. Oliver Miera, Senior Physician, Head of the Children's Intensive Care Unit

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We request registration, so that we can inform you in the unlikely event of a change.


12/13/2018 10:00 - 12/13/2018 12:00

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German Heart Center Berlin
Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin
"Bibliothek" 2nd floor
13353 Berlin

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