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Heart transplant patients celebrate anniversary of their operations

心臟移植病人 歡慶手術十五週年

Heart transplant patients celebrate anniversary  of their operations
The four longest surviving heart transplant patients in Asia celebrated the 15th anniversary of their surgery at the Cheng Hsin Rehabilitation Medical Center yesterday.

台灣四名存活最久的換心病人,昨天在振興復建醫學中心慶祝手術後的第十五週年。

Lisa Lee, 38, the longest survivor among the four said that she cherishes each day of her life and that maintaining an optimistic and upbeat attitude was her formula for staying healthy.

三十八歲的李秀英,是四人當中存活最久的,她表示她很珍惜生命中的每一天,保持樂觀的態度,是她維持健康的不二法門。

“When I arrived at the emergency room, I was in shock and had almost lost consciousness,”Lee said, recalling her condition before the heart transplant

李秀英回憶換心前的狀況:「當我抵達醫院時,已經休克,幾乎失去知覺。」

“Now, I lead a very normal life. I go hiking and travel outside of the country frequently. I try my best to live each day to the fullest,”Lee added.

李秀英還說:「現在,我過著跟正常人一樣的生活,我常常爬山與出國旅遊,我把握活著的每一天。」

Wei Jeng, the attending heart surgeon said the four survivors are living proof of the advancement of Taiwan's medical technology.

心臟科主治醫生魏崢表示四名存活者是台灣醫學科技發達的最佳證明。

Since 1987, Taiwan doctors have performed more than 550 heart transplants. In the last eight years, over 257, or 46.7 percent of all the heart transplant operations were done at Cheng Hsin Rehabilitation Medical Center.

從1987年以來,台灣醫師已經進行五百五十多例的心臟移植手術。過去八年來,超過兩百五十七例(百分之四十六點七)的手術是在振興復建醫學中心所進行的。

Wei said the success rate for heart transplants in Taiwan far surpasses international records.

魏崢表示台灣心臟移植手術的成功率遠超過世界紀錄。

According to the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the survival rate for recipients past the 15-year mark is 29 percent, while in Taiwan it is 50 percent.

根據國際心肺移植協會,過去十五年來接受心臟移植病人存活率為二成九,而台灣為五成。