Loyola Medicine Performs 800th Heart Transplant

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A grandfather from Hanover Park, Illinois recently became the 800th patient to receive a heart transplant at Loyola University Medical Center.

“It was like winning the lottery,” said José Garcia, a 53-year-old industrial mechanic with three daughters and three grandchildren.

Loyola performed its first heart transplant on March 11, 1984 and has performed more heart transplants than any other center in Illinois. During the first 10 months of 2016, Loyola performed 29 heart transplants, which also is the highest in Illinois.

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