Unfortunately, following the heart catheterization the doctors determined that the donor heart has been rejected. Teresa will be relisted at the top of the list for a new heart. She will remain on life support until Monday, when she will go through another surgery to put in a Berlin heart. This will be her 4th major procedure in 2 weeks, so the first major hurdle will be for her to fight to survive this operation.
The Berlin heart will give her 6 to 8 months to wait for another heart. During this time she will be able to come out of sedation, but will have to remain in CHOP with the Berlin heart and other machines attached to her at all times. The doctors at CHOP have never seen another child with these same circumstances, and have only implanted this device for one other child.
Please continue to pray for Teresa!! We need to pray that all other organs will remain stable and that she survives Monday's procedure!!