On November 12, 2009, an interesting article appeared on FoxNews about a breakthrough for the use of the LVAD in children.
In May 2009, 16-year-old Frank De Santiago from Texas was hospitalized with a stroke. His doctors soon discovered that he had dilated cardiomyopathy and that his heart had more than doubled in size.
The condition of his heart was so bad that the blood could hardly be pumped around anymore and he was transferred to the hospital Texas Children's Heart Center. Within 24 hours he was on the operating table and was called an LVAD Rota Flow implanted. He did not recover from this and the Rota Flow was replaced by a Heartmate II of Thoratec.
Texas Children's Hospital was the first children's hospital in the world to implant a Heartmate II in a child and thus made history.
dr. David Morales, the pediatric cardiac surgeon who implanted the LVAD, was so pleased with Frank's condition that he began preparations in late September to let the boy go home.