A Heart Transplant Gives New Hope
An inherited heart problem had taken a terrible toll on Barbara Schempp’s
family: her 66-year-old brother died of it in 2010 and her 6-year-old
grandniece succumbed to dilated cardiomyopathy, a hereditary enlargement
of the heart several years earlier.
But today, heart transplants and other advanced cardiac treatments at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center are saving people with serious disorders –
including Barbara, who received a heart transplant in July 2014.
“I feel great,” says the lively 64-year-old. “It’s
amazing; I can go up and down stairs without having to catch my breath.
I started doing exercises two days after the surgery. My energy level
came right back.”