According to news sources, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the EXCOR Pediatric System. This system is a mechanical pulsatile cardiac assistance device used to support the weakened heart of children with heart failure to keep them alive until a donor for a heart transplant can be found. Heart failure is much less common in children than in adults; therefore, finding a suitable donor usually takes more time. This system is designed to keep the child’s cardiac system functioning while a donor heart is being found. Stroke is a potential risk of using this system. The EXCOR Pediatric System was designated as a Humanitarian Use Device by the Office of Orphan Products Development.
As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m glad to learn that such a device exists in order to provide children with heart failure a fighting chance. In my time as a personal injury lawyer, I’ve witnessed many advancements in medical technology; and I’m relieved to see that, though a rare occurrence, children with heart failure have benefited from such advancements.