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Doctors now performing heart transplants within the Canaries 

Heart transplants are being performed for the first time ever in the Canary Islands and the first patient to benefit says he is thrilled to be alive to tell the tale.

Previously, heart transplant patients had to move to the Spanish mainland for the operation and after-care.
Now, it is possible for them to stay in the Canaries and three heart transplants have already been carried out at the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín under its Cardiac Transplant Progra-mme, a pioneer in the Canary Islands.
The programme was lau-nched at the hospital in November of 2019 and re-presents a very important advance for Canarian patients.
General director of Assis-tance Programmes of the Canary Health Service, Octavio Jiménez Ramos, regional transplant coordinator, Ge-mma García Poignon, the managing director of the Dr. Negrín Hospital, Jesús Morera Molina, head of the Cardiology service, Eduardo Caballero Dorta , head of the Cardiac Surgery department, Fran-cisco Portela Torrón, and the hospital transplant coordinator, Vicente Peña Morant, were all present at a press conference. They were joined by the first transplanted patient, Pedro José Luis Bordón González, who continues his recovery after undergoing the interven-tion.
Sr. Ramos congratulated all the professionals who “with their work and involvement have made it possible for the Canary Islands today to have a Heart Transplant Programme that represents a very important boost to our healthcare.”
He also highlighted the important role of donors and their families. “The Canary Islands have 50.7 donors per million population, which places us above the national average that is set at 48.9 donors. Without them, without their generosity, no doubt, nothing would be possible, ” he said.
Sr. Molina recalled the “emotion” that was experienc-ed in the hospital when the first heart transplant was performed.
Pedro José Luis Bordón González, the first transplant patient, wanted to show his gratitude and that of his family to all the SCS professionals “who have made it possible for me to have received a heart that allows me not to tire continuously as I did before.”