Easton Sinnamon has won the hearts of people around the world after Duke University doctors say the baby boy is thriving after a first-of-its-kind heart transplant.
Easton Sinnamon of Asheboro, North Carolina, received his unique transplant last summer when he was 6 months old.
But Duke waited to announce it until Monday after doctors learned the specially processed thymus implants appear to be functioning like they’d hoped — producing immune cells that don’t treat the tot’s new heart as foreign tissue.
Doctors eventually will try weaning Easton off the immune-suppressing drugs required after a transplant, said Dr. Joseph Turek, Duke’s chief of pediatric cardiac surgery.
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Easton Sinnamon has a sibling called Stephanie Lopez. Details regarding her age and school are not known yet but we would readers on any future developments.
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Easton Sinnamon was born with a weak heart as well as problems with his immune system.
He spent his first seven months in hospital – some of it on life support – and needed numerous heart operations as well as treatment for recurrent infections that his body was unable to fight on its own.