Castlegar’s Rob Nutter is a new man after heart and kidney transplant at St. Paul's Hospital

Rob Nutter was hot and sweaty, but he felt fantastic.

It was shortly before noon on Saturday and the 56-year-old had just spent more than two-and-a-half hours hiking up the gruelling Grouse Grind. As he stood with his family at the top of Grouse Mountain under a light drizzle, he reflected on what he had accomplished.

“It’s just pretty rewarding, I’m pretty happy,” Nutter said. “It’s bringing closure to my whole ordeal.”

Heart pumps work as 'bridge to transplant'

To support a failing heart, there are two general types of ventricular assist devices, long-term and short-term. Two cardiac surgeons - along with four other cardiologists - at St. Paul's Hospital perform all implantations of long-term devices in the province, under the B.C. Acute Heart Failure Program.

St Paul’s medical milestone

Thu, Aug 1 – St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver celebrated a transplant milestone today … kidney transplant number 2000. Linda Aylesworth reports. 

BC Scientists to Take Part in National Organ Transplant Research Program

BC researchers are playing a key role in a new national organ transplant research program announced by the federal government, including developing technology designed to reduce organ rejection and the need to take immune-suppressing drugs.

'They gave me a second chance at life'

Four-year-old Brayden Ma likes to tell people about his mom’s new heart. “He’s so excited,” said Lindsay Schneider. “He’d say, ‘My mom’s heart was sick. But now she has a new heart. See the scar?’ ” Schneider, 28, received her new heart last October – one of 306 organ transplants performed in BC in 2012, a new record for B.C. Transplant.

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