Louisville pediatric patient has successful surgery, goes home

Thanks to the Norton Healthcare team, a 2-year-old boy returns home after a successful heart transplant on Thanksgiving.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After a successful Thanksgiving heart transplant, a 2-year-old boy moves to Bardstown, KY to reunite with his entire family.

Bryce McKenna was diagnosed with left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC) when he was five months old. dr. Sarah Wilkens, the medical director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Norton Healthcare, said this diagnosis is when the heart muscle is not forming properly. She said this is when one side of the heart gets too big and can’t squeeze it as well as it should.

Bryce McKenna spent 123 days in Jennifer Lawrence’s pediatric intensive care unit before being told to wait for his new heart at home.

His parents were told that he was given a new heart on November 24.

Bryce’s father, Chris McKenna, said, “It means everything. I mean, he’s had such a long journey to get to this point. And it’s just a miracle that he’s given the gift of a second chance at life.” got by getting his new heart.”

His mother, Taylor Hughes, said it means everything to her to see her child go home healthy instead of sick as he had in the past.

Doctors and nurses lined the hallway as Hughes pulled a cart with Bryce in it, waving banners and cheering as he left the grand piano.

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