Opening Amanda's Heart to a Family at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
When Amanda was 23, she went to the hospital with a virus attacking her heart. Her local community hospital transferred her to UPMC Presbyterian, where her doctors gave her a heart assist device to keep her alive while waiting for a heart transplant.
Robert Kornos, MD, director of the UPMC Artificial Heart Program, successfully helped some of his patients strengthen their resting hearts enough to no longer need heart assist devices. Dr. Kornos also helped Amanda’s heart regenerate strength.
Soon after, Amanda became pregnant and faced new struggles. Dr. Kornos carefully monitored her, as pregnancy with Amanda’s condition was unprecedented. Amanda safely gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Brody.
Read more about Amanda’s path to UPMC’s Heart and Vascular Institute.