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19 March 2008
Man Born at Emory University Hospital Becomes Hospital's 500th Heart Transplant Patient
Terry Green of Lawrenceville can actually say he was born twice in the same hospital and mean it as Green, 60, recently became the 500th heart transplant patient at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta -- almost 61 years to the day of his birth March 20.

Emory University Hospital no longer delivers babies, but Green feels as if he was born again at Emory as a result of his new heart.


Terry Green and wife Danette Green celebrate Terry's health at this press conference recognizing Terry as Emory Hospital's 500th Heart Transplant patient.

Audio Slideshow:
"Mr. 500" at March 19th Press Conference

Photo Credit: Ann Borden, Emory University

Additional photographs
available on request.

"It's a very special feeling to have a new chance at life because of my heart transplant, and the fact that I am also the 500th person to receive a new heart at Emory is extra special," says Green, who is a 5th generation Gwinnett County native.

In addition to celebrating its 500th adult heart transplant, Emory also celebrates this year the 20th anniversary of its heart transplant program. Since 1988, Emory Clinic cardiothoracic surgeons have performed 500 adult heart transplants and more than 200 pediatric heart transplants.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Mr. Green's story and to reflect on two decades of transplanting hearts and saving the lives of many people," says Dr. David Vega, MD, surgical director of the Emory Heart Transplant Program. "It is also an opportunity to look toward the future of heart transplantation at Emory and beyond, and the research, science and global awareness of the important need for transplants that will help us to save many more lives in the future.

"With his family by his side, Mr. Green today is a living example of the miracle of heart transplantation," adds Dr. Vega. "Because of the gift of life he has received, and the talented medical team that made it happen, Mr. Green will continue to live a happy and healthy life with his wife, children and grandchildren. What better place to celebrate his new life than in the hospital in which he was born?"

Green, who had been on a waiting list for a heart since March 2007, says that being the 500th transplant patient at Emory was an unexpected surprise -- much the way word came that a new organ was on the way one late evening last week.

"I had been in the hospital for a number of weeks because my heart was weakening quickly," says Green. "One night, a nurse gave me the phone and I was told to get ready, a heart was on the way. It really never registered with me until later that I was the 500th recipient here at Emory.

"The number 500 sounds like a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, there are so many more people who also need hearts around the country," says Green. "I just really feel lucky and blessed today." The Heart Transplant Program started at Emory University Hospital in 1985 when it performed the first heart transplant in Georgia. Today Emory's patient survival rates are among the best in the country.

Emory's transplant program has an experienced multi-disciplinary team highly skilled in the care of heart transplant candidates and recipients. This team includes the Center's cardiologists, transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, a social worker, psychiatrist, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, pharmacist, clinical nutritionist, physical therapist, chaplain, staff nurses and a financial coordinator. Each member of this team offers a specialized service in the care of our transplant patients.

Media Contact: Lance Skelly
  lskelly@emory.edu
  (404) 686-8538
19 March 2008
Man Born at Emory University Hospital Becomes Hospital's 500th Heart Transplant Patient
Terry Green of Lawrenceville can actually say he was born twice in the same hospital and mean it as Green, 60, recently became the 500th heart transplant patient at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta -- almost 61 years to the day of his birth March 20.

Emory University Hospital no longer delivers babies, but Green feels as if he was born again at Emory as a result of his new heart.


Terry Green and wife Danette Green celebrate Terry's health at this press conference recognizing Terry as Emory Hospital's 500th Heart Transplant patient.

Audio Slideshow:
"Mr. 500" at March 19th Press Conference

Photo Credit: Ann Borden, Emory University

Additional photographs
available on request.

"It's a very special feeling to have a new chance at life because of my heart transplant, and the fact that I am also the 500th person to receive a new heart at Emory is extra special," says Green, who is a 5th generation Gwinnett County native.

In addition to celebrating its 500th adult heart transplant, Emory also celebrates this year the 20th anniversary of its heart transplant program. Since 1988, Emory Clinic cardiothoracic surgeons have performed 500 adult heart transplants and more than 200 pediatric heart transplants.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Mr. Green's story and to reflect on two decades of transplanting hearts and saving the lives of many people," says Dr. David Vega, MD, surgical director of the Emory Heart Transplant Program. "It is also an opportunity to look toward the future of heart transplantation at Emory and beyond, and the research, science and global awareness of the important need for transplants that will help us to save many more lives in the future.

"With his family by his side, Mr. Green today is a living example of the miracle of heart transplantation," adds Dr. Vega. "Because of the gift of life he has received, and the talented medical team that made it happen, Mr. Green will continue to live a happy and healthy life with his wife, children and grandchildren. What better place to celebrate his new life than in the hospital in which he was born?"

Green, who had been on a waiting list for a heart since March 2007, says that being the 500th transplant patient at Emory was an unexpected surprise -- much the way word came that a new organ was on the way one late evening last week.

"I had been in the hospital for a number of weeks because my heart was weakening quickly," says Green. "One night, a nurse gave me the phone and I was told to get ready, a heart was on the way. It really never registered with me until later that I was the 500th recipient here at Emory.

"The number 500 sounds like a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, there are so many more people who also need hearts around the country," says Green. "I just really feel lucky and blessed today." The Heart Transplant Program started at Emory University Hospital in 1985 when it performed the first heart transplant in Georgia. Today Emory's patient survival rates are among the best in the country.

Emory's transplant program has an experienced multi-disciplinary team highly skilled in the care of heart transplant candidates and recipients. This team includes the Center's cardiologists, transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, a social worker, psychiatrist, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, pharmacist, clinical nutritionist, physical therapist, chaplain, staff nurses and a financial coordinator. Each member of this team offers a specialized service in the care of our transplant patients.

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