Vancouverite receives 500th heart transplant in B.C. (500th heart transplant)
Organ donors, transplant recipients and healthcare workers gathered at St. Paul's Hospital today to celebrate B.C.'s 500th heart transplant.
The guest of honour, 33-year-old Marc Bains, lived with heart failure for 10 years before receiving his healthy heart in June after 10 months on the transplant waitlist.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Anson Cheung, surgical director of the Cardiac Transplant Program of B.C., and took place 30 years after the first heart-transplant procedure was performed in B.C.
Anna Dimoff reports