(KMOV) – A 20-year-old man is recovering after receiving a combination heart and kidney transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital this month.
Jonathan Sadowski of O’Fallon, Illinois had his first heart transplant when he was just a month old. The transplant allowed him to live a normal life. He grew up playing hockey and played for the Fort Zumwalt West High School team.
After 20 years, Sadowski’s heart began to fail again. His kidney’s suffered because of all the medication he was taking.
Earlier this month, Sadowski underwent a five hour surgery to replace his heart for a second time. The next morning he went under the knife for four more hours and received a new kidney.
The combination transplant was a first at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Traditionally, patients with heart failure are disqualified as candidates for transplants if they also have kidney failure.
Doctors are now saying that double transplants in patients like Sadowski are increasing the chances of long-term survival.
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