Teen Receives Thorough, Compassionate Care Before, During and After a Heart Transplant at Mayo Clinic
Chase Fairbairn’s life was interrupted at the age of 11 in 2011. Chase suffered cardiac arrest on a soccer field. During a brief hospitalization, Chase was tested for cardiac issues, but when his test results came back normal, he was released with a diagnosis of dehydration. Chase’s heart stopped again two months later during another soccer match. His medical providers diagnosed him with cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle is abnormal. His care team took steps to stabilize this but also informed him that he could no longer participate in strenuous activities. The idea of life without physical activity was devastating. The family limped along in their new reality for almost a year, when Chase’s mother, Lisa, was advised to visit Mayo Clinic Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Michael J. Ackerman. Lisa now says that her happy place is Mayo Clinic, because it’s where Chase was given a second chance. Not only did he receive a new heart at Mayo Clinic to replace one that was failing, but the family now relies on the ongoing care from Mayo Clinic physicians who understand Chase’s medical concerns and have pledged to do their best to keep him healthy and on the soccer field well into the future.