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mbcube Birth father died of HCM @ 49, I'm older than that now, Dx @ 48, 3 boys 22, 25, 29 all negative so far, pending future genetics
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  • First married couple to have heart transplants

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,520148,00.html

    Mark Landau, the husband in the first married couple believed to have had heart transplants, has died. He was 59.

    Landau died May 2 at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, his widow, Sandra, told the Los Angeles Times. He'd undergone a second heart transplant on Dec. 17, 2007, and had never recovered, she said.

    Mark Landau, of Ladera Ranch, received his first heart transplant on April 15, 1997, after doctors told him he needed a new heart while treating him for the flu.

    Six and a half years later, Sandra Landau received a heart transplant, making the Landaus the first known couple to undergo the procedure, according to Dr. Lawrence Czer, director of the heart transplant program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Czer, who treated the Landaus, said they cared for each other through the operations, keeping track of medications and appointments.

    Mark Landau also frequently volunteered at the hospital, offering counsel to patients waiting for a transplant, Czer said.

    Czer also praised him for helping set up a fund at the hospital to defray costs of medications needed for heart transplant patients.

    Czer told The Associated Press that Sandra Landau is "doing extremely well."

    Mark Landau is also survived by his son, Larry Landau of Mission Viejo, and his daughter, Sarah Chapman of Kodiak, Alaska.
    Marc
    Diagnosed @ 48
    Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
    Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
    AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
    After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
    Quietly going insane . . .

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    Re: First married couple to have heart transplants

    What a lovely story.
    Midge

    Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
    ICD&Pacemaker 1996
    Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
    Mom of Kaye.

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      Re: First married couple to have heart transplants

      The LA Times article on them really talked about what a outgoing and giving man he was. No mention of not fully recovering from the second surgery. They seemed like quite a pair.
      Marc
      Diagnosed @ 48
      Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
      Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
      AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
      After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
      Quietly going insane . . .

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