Kay Fricke, 59, feels younger than ever following a heart transplant. "It's weird to feel stronger as I age," she said. "The difference in my life is magical."
More than 400 people, including 120 heart transplant recipients, gathered at the Museum of Science and Industry in late February to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first successful human heart transplant. The gala was was sponsored by the University of Chicago Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center and featured the history of the first heart transplant, a look at the innovative technology developed since, and an inspirational patient story.
Dr. John Fung, a renowned leader of the UChicago Medicine Transplantation Institute, discusses his vision for the future of the organ transplant program.