Vancouver doctors use novel Chinese heart valve to save Victoria woman (St. Paul's Hospital)

At age 88, Johanna Eisenhuth had long felt her health declining and had to use every ounce of energy just to make it to the grocery store near her Victoria home.

A leaky aortic valve was regurgitating blood into her lungs and, given her age and condition, open-heart surgery was not an option. 

“I didn’t think it would happen. I had given up,” Eisenhuth said. “I was very tired, yawning all day.”

Then came a life-changing phone call mid-June: Doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver were prepared to perform a revolutionary procedure that would fix her heart using the J-valve, a new device from China not yet approved in Canada. 

Nick Eagland reports

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