In this four-minute video, viewers are introduced to David Krech, a 28-year-old patient from Thomasville, Georgia who recently received a life-saving heart and liver transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Krech was born with a rare form of congenital heart disease called pulmonary atresia, which means that his pulmonary valve did not form properly and blood from the right side of his heart could not get into his lungs to pick up oxygen. He also had a ventricular septal defect, which is a hole in the wall that separates the right and left ventricles of the heart. Krech's poorly functioning heart also damaged his liver, which caused him to require a liver transplant, in addition to a heart transplant.
In this video, Krech discusses his five-month stay in Baltimore City awaiting a heart and liver transplant. He talks about the in-depth transplant patient education he received from his physicians and nurses at the Medical Center as well as his plans for the future now that his health is improving with each new day.