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.
Josette Nordman was born with cystic fibrosis (CF). The disease reached a critical stage in July 2012. Her physicians decided the best option was to list her for a transplant. The bilateral lung transplant allowed Josie to return to her active life.