West Virginia Man Receives Heart Transplant at UK

Published 04-16-2010 9:26 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  


I was greatly moved in reading the following article in the Huntington, West Virginia newspaper over Dolphy Dickerson’s miraculous stay at UK Hospital.  As the news story states, UK was able to perform a last-second heart transplant, resulting in a full-recovery and second chance at life for Mr. Dickerson. 

The morning of Saturday, February 20th, Dolphy Dickerson got the news he had been waiting two years to hear.  The UK A.B. Chandler Medical Center had a received a heart for transplant, in which he would be the recipient.  The 59-year old had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure at an early age; his first heart attack occurring in 1988, followed by a quintuple heart attack.

Five years ago, Mr. Dickerson’s health became more of a scare.  He chose to spend the remainder of his time at UK Hospital because of the reputation of care and close proximity to home.  His time while at UK was filled with much encouragement from the staff stating in the newspaper, "Those people on the CCU floor, I call them my 'Dream Team.' They did everything they could do to make my stay as good as it could be. They became like family." What a great testament for our team!

Mr. Dickerson has had a full recovery since his February surgery performed by Dr. Chand Ramaiah, and UK HealthCare could not be more grateful for the opportunity in serving Mr. Dickerson. The article is linked below, if you want to read more about his story. 

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