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St. Paul’s heart surgeon swaps out four hearts in a record 60 hours for a transplant marathon (Dr. Anson Cheung, SPH)

Dr. Anson Cheung of St. Paul’s Hospital performed four heart transplants in 60 hours last fall. (Photo courtesy of Jason Payne / The Vancouver Sun.)
Dr. Anson Cheung of St. Paul’s Hospital performed four heart transplants in 60 hours last fall. (Photo courtesy of Jason Payne / The Vancouver Sun.)

The four transplants over 2.5 days by the same doctor (Dr. Anson Cheung) was a record as he beat his 2016 record of three transplants over 24 hours. And they were among the 30 heart transplants performed at St. Paul’s last year, also a record for the Vancouver hospital.

It was a birthday gift Prem Sagar wasn’t expecting, and one he will never forget.

On August 29, the day he turned 68, the Surrey grandfather received a new heart, a day after he joined the donor list, for which the wait is on average six months in B.C., according to B.C. Transplant.

But Sagar, who had suffered with virus-related heart problems for nine years and was about to get a mechanical heart, qualified because he was “critically ill” with about 25 per cent capacity, and the heart matched.

Read the full story on the Vancouver Sun/ the Province.

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