Yasir Yesuf, orginially from Ethiopia, was just 5 months old when he received a new heart after being the first pediatric patient in the state of Georgia to receive a Berlin Heart to bridge a successful heart transplant.
As an infant, Yasir was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center suffering from severe heart failure. He needed a new heart, but his doctors worried that he might not be strong enough the wait for a donor heart to become available. In order to buy him a little more time, he was given a Berlin Heart to help him await a traditional transplant.
The Berlin Heart is a device that allows children who are waiting for a transplant to be removed from a ventilator, and gives them the ability to move around and eat. Due to the mobility offered by the Berlin Heart, patients become better candidates for a transplant when a donor heart does arrive.