Medical City Dallas April 05, 2015

42-Year-Old Patient Receives Life-Saving Heart Transplant from Medical City Surgeon

Medical City Dallas is pleased to announce a major milestone for its transplant program. On March 28, 2015, cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Mitch Magee, performed the hospital’s 500th transplant.

Dr. Magee successfully performed the heart transplant on 42-year-old patient Kimberly Riddle-Phillips. In 1994, after giving birth to her only daughter, Kimberly was diagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy, a rare type of heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or immediately after delivery. At the time of her diagnosis, she was given a 10 percent chance to live.

Throughout the years, she survived four strokes and a heart attack caused by postpartum cardiomyopathy. After one of her strokes, she had to learn to talk again, and at one point doctors said her heart was only functioning at 30 percent.

In March 2015, Kimberly came to Medical City’s emergency room when she was having her fourth stroke. Her heart was only functioning at five percent, and doctors informed her that she needed a heart transplant. She was put on the heart transplant list, and nine short days later, she received a heart.

About a week later, Kimberly’s recovery is excellent. A few hours after her surgery, she was sitting up in a chair, and she is expected to leave the hospital on Monday afternoon.

“The transplant team worked quickly and tirelessly until they found the right heart for me,” said patient Kimberly Riddle-Phillips. “This was my time to have a heart transplant.”

Medical City Transplant has been performing transplants since 1991 and is recognized as a leading regional center for heart, renal and pancreas transplants.