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St. Luke’s performs 750th heart transplant

Heart transplant recipients go for Guinness World Record

At the annual Cardiac Transplant Family Picnic, Saint Luke's attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the most heart transplant recipients in one place at Berkley Riverfront Park Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.
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At the annual Cardiac Transplant Family Picnic, Saint Luke's attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the most heart transplant recipients in one place at Berkley Riverfront Park Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.

St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute has performed its 750th heart transplant, about 32 years after it performed its first.

The hospital’s first transplant patient was Sam Harrison, whose procedure was done June 7, 1985. The 750th heart transplant was performed Sunday, May 28th on a 61-year-old male who hospital officials said is recovering well.

Kansas City is one of only a few metro areas its size with multiple heart transplant centers. Adult heart transplants are also available at the University of Kansas Hospital and Children’s Mercy Hospital started a pediatric program two years ago.

Andy Marso: 816-234-4055, @andymarso

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