Video: A heart for Samantha

posted April 18th, 2013

At last, a heart

Ten-year-old Samantha Riggs came to Duke Children’s in December suffering from inflammation in her heart, and in search of a new one. She was hooked up to a Berlin Heart ventricular assist device – which she fondly named Bertha – that helped pump her blood while she waited for a heart transplant.
On April 16, 2013, the family heard the news they were waiting for: there was a heart for Samantha. That night, and into the early hours of the next morning, Samantha’s Duke surgeons performed her heart transplant. Today, her new heart beats without needing Bertha’s help.
Her Duke care team, her parents and Samantha herself tell her story in the video above.


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