NEWS RELEASE OF TOM CHRISTERSON PLANNED
Release to include footage of AbioCor
heart patient at home
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Background video
of artificial heart patient Tom Christerson and of University
of Louisville Surgeons Laman Gray, M.D., and Rob Dowling, M.D.,
discussing the AbioCor Implantable Replacement Heart, manufactured
by ABIOMED, Inc. of Danvers, MA, will be released at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
June 18, 2002.
The footage will be up-linked via satellite
coordinates Ku-Band SBS 6, Transponder 5, Horizontal Frequency
11823 MHZ, 74 degrees West. The audio frequency is 6.20/6.80.
The signal will be available from 2:15-2:45 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday,
June 18. The video
and corresponding news
release will also be available at www.heartpioneers.org.
The footage and accompanying news release
will include comments from Drs. Gray and Dowling and images of
Tom Christerson enjoying home life in Central City.
Jewish Hospital is among the top 10
cardiac centers in the United States and, along with the University
of Louisville, is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research
and education. University of Louisville surgeons at Jewish Hospital
have performed many heart care "firsts," including Kentucky's
first heart transplant, the world's first heart transplant following
the use of a Thoratec bi-ventricular assist device, the world's
first endoscopic saphenous vein harvest and the first ventricular
remodeling in the region.