JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A man from southwest Alabama made history last month as he received both a new heart and liver at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Davis Beasley passed out while working at an oil well almost a decade ago. Then, doctors told him he had an irregular heartbeat.
On Nov. 15, 2018, a transplant team replaced his damaged heart. The old heart had also strained his liver to the point that it too needed replacing.
Beasley, 48, of Millry, Ala. received his donor heart first. Minutes later a second transplant team placed a new liver into his abdomen.
That made him the medical center's first combined heart-liver recipient.
The medical center says this is a rare procedure. Latest data from the United Network of Organ Sharing shows it has been completed just 35 other times nationally this year.
The transplanted heart and liver had an immediate good function, said Dr. Christopher Anderson.
The organs came from the same donor.
“The difference that one donor can make is huge, and I am always humbled to see patients like Mr. Beasley improve because of this gift of life.”
Almost two weeks after his surgery, Beasley chose to walk from his intensive care room to a bed on the cardiovascular care hospital floor. He was successful.
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