Past Patient Updates

Information for the News Media

First U.S. LionHeart patient, 2001
Thursday, July 26th 2001

We are saddened to report that the first U.S. patient to receive the Lion Heart, Ed Dzurishin, died late Tuesday evening.

"The Lion Heart performed exceptionally well under extremely adverse conditions, especially a GI bleed which he developed several weeks after surgery. A very complicated and prolonged hospital course ensued and he did not recover", according to Walter E. Pae, M.D., lead surgeon. "He truly was a fighter and survived many set backs that, without the device, would have brought death. The team is truly saddened by his passing."

Tuesday, July 9th, 2001
The first US patient to be implanted with the Arrow LionHeart (tm) remains in critical condition. According to the LionHeart team lead, Walter Pae, M.D., he is showing progress but has also experienced some setbacks - all unrelated to the Arrow LionHeart(tm) device.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2001
"Mr. LionHeart" remains in serious condition, but is stable.

Tuesday April 17th, 2001
"Mr. LionHeart" remains in serious condition, but is stable.

Monday April 9th, 2001
"Mr. LionHeart" remains in serious condition, but is stable.

Monday April 2nd, 2001
"Mr. LionHeart" remains in serious condition, but is stable.

Tuesday March 27, 2001
"Mr. LionHeart" remains in serious condition, but is stable.

Friday, March 16, 2001
The first recipient of the Arrow LionHeartTM is doing well. He remains in serious condition but is showing progress. He has been given the nickname of "Mr. LionHeart" by the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center who find his strength, determination and drive much like a lion. He has also won many hearts with his infectious, gentle and loving personality.

Tuesday, March 13, 2001
The Arrow LionHeartTM patient is listed in serious condition - an upgrade from his condition of critical. He is resting comfortably, getting out of bed for short walks and in good spirits.

Monday, March 12, 2001
The Arrow LionHeartTM recipient is listed in critical condition, is stable and had a restful weekend.

Friday, March 9, 2001
The Arrow LionHeartTM recipient remains in critical condition and is resting comfortably.

Wednesday, March 7, 2001
LionHeart recipient continues to show steady progress
The first recipient of the Arrow LionHeartTM is doing well. One week post-surgery, he has been walking around the unit several times per day as well as showing increased appetite and very high spirits.
Today the patient viewed himself in a mirror for the first time and was amazed by his good color. He said he can't remember when he looked "so good".

Monday, March 5, 2001
The Arrow LionHeartTM patient remains in critical condition. He is resting comfortably and stable.

Friday, March 2, 2001
Arrow LionHeart ™ Patient Doing Well
The first U.S. patient to be implanted with the Arrow LionHeart ™ continues to impress physicians Walter E. Pae, Jr., M.D. – the surgeon who performed this groundbreaking procedure at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and John P. Boehmer, M.D., the patient’s cardiologist.

This morning the patient had a liquid breakfast and the drainage tubes will be removed this afternoon. His condition is still listed as critical but he is stable and has been standing as well as leaving his bed and sitting in a chair. If all goes as planned, the patient should be able to take his first walk tomorrow (Saturday, March 3).