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Infant leaves UCLA’s Mattel hospital for home with a transplanted heart

Staff at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA witnessed a happy ending today instead of what could have easily been a tragic one when they bid farewell to five-week-old Drayvn Johnson, who went home with his mother, Nicole Eggleston, and two older brothers after becoming the hospital’s second youngest heart transplant recipient. He was only 23 days old when he received his new heart, which was the size of a strawberry. “All of our heart transplant patients are special, but I think this one was special because we knew there was a risk we might not find a donor in time,” said Dr. Juan Alejos, professor of pediatric cardiology and director of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA  Dravyn was born with a condition called pulmonary atresia in which the pulmonary valve does not form properly. It was discovered during Eggleston’s pregnancy in a sonogram performed at 22 weeks. Doctors had thought initially that his heart could be repaired with a series of corrective surgeries performed over the first few years of Dravyn’s life. However, when he was born in early February at an Orange County hospital, doctors found that he had only one coronary artery instead of two and determined that surgery would be too risky for the baby. Reed Hutchinson/UCLA Nicole Eggleston is a happy mom with her son, Drayvn. At five days old, Drayvn was airlifted to Mattel where doctors confirmed that the only hope for hi...
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