Diaphragmatic paralysis after heart transplant, experiences?
My son received his heart transplant at the Phoenix Mayo campus this past April. It became apparent fairly quickly, due to a very observant ICU nurse, that he wasn't breathing properly after he was taken off the ventilator. The paralysis seemed to be left side only and the hope was that any injury from the cardiothoracic surgery would heal itself in time but now looks as though it may need surgery to repair it.
He's unable to lie flat and be able to breathe normally, he has to use a bi-pap or CPAP to assist if going through any prone procedures or even just to sleep. Just inquiring if anyone else has experienced the same condition and if allowing more healing time was a factor in the paralysis getting better?