Berlin Heart: Charles Tillman Washington Speech for Tiana Tillman

October 27, 2009
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Here is the amazing story of the Berlin Heart, Charles Tillman, Washington DC, and an inspiring video for all to see. Medicine, football, and politicians all conspired for a worthy cause as occasionally planets align for a beautiful celestial show. See an amazing video here.


Charles Tillman is the star cornerback of the Chicago Bears. His beautiful baby daughter Tiana Tillman was diagnosed with a rare heart disorder called cardiomyopathy, which is an enlargement of the heart that inhibits beating. The condition would require a transplant or she would leave this world early. That is where the Berlin Heart saved her life.

Because of this amazing device, Tiana Tillman was given a few more precious days until a donor could be located. That heart donor was eventually found and a successful heart transplant ensued when she was just 3 months old. Her life was saved.

Charles Tillman was invited to Washington DC to speak about the Berlin Heart on October 26th. A video is below which we hope you will all watch. This is a feel good story before the holidays and a public service that we hope saves more lives.

So what is the Berlin heart? It is a ventricular assist device which helps the right ventricle of the heart muscle pump blood to the lungs and to the left ventricle, which facilitates the normal flow of blood through the body. The Berlin Heart mostly sits outside of the body with external tubes that cycle the blood into the heart. The entire artificial circulation system is run with a laptop computer!

Charles Tillman’s daughter was lucky enough to have one of these devices for a few days when she needed it to survive.

About the Washington speech, Tillman said:

I felt it was my duty to do it. For everything she went through and the other recipients go through this is the least that I can do. Flying to Washington, staying in a nice hotel and speaking to politicians is easy considering what they’ve done.

So view the video to learn more about the Berlin Heart, Charles Tillman, and Washington interest in this medical procedure. Leave your comments as well.





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29 Responses to “Berlin Heart: Charles Tillman Washington Speech for Tiana Tillman”

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    clarence Says:

    anything within reason to save little ones lives and give them a chance at life.i would not have had to think twice.wonderful job

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    kathleen Says:

    its a wonderfull thing that tachnowegy is so great i really hope more parents show their children this so they can inspire them to go to school and become a relative part in the fight to save lives love kathy

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    Peter Campbell Says:

    God Bless this couple and that little beautiful angel. God is so wonderful. This really makes me feel good inside.

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    Shirley Wajerski Says:

    It is good to hear of the improvements they have done over the years. Our daughter was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 1982 and died during transplant in 1985. She was diagnosed at age 7 and died at age 10- My prayers go with the little one and hope she has a happy and long live. And of course the prayers alos include the parents.

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    Elizabeth DeFelice Says:

    I am glad that your family was blessed and received such a wonderful gift of life. I am also glad that you have use your celebrity status to bring new lite to this subject. I would like to thank you for sharing your family’s story.

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    Laurel Fagg Says:

    My granddaughter is currently at UCLA medical center and is on the Berlin Heart. She is two and also has cardiomyopathy. She’s been on the device for 3 months now and we are waiting for a heart for her. It’s a blessing something like this exists and I’m glad it had a happy ending for your daughter!

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    Omar Saavedra Says:

    iTS A JOY BEING AROUND KIDS. AND IN UR CASE, GOD HAS BEEN WATCHING OVER TIANA. GOD BLESS YOU AND UR FAMILY..

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    Kellie Says:

    god bless this baby girl! what a blessing!

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    Ms. McKinney Says:

    I wonder how many low income black or Latina children who were on a waiting list far longer were overlooked for this procedure in favor of this bi-racial child whose parent is an athletic?

    It is hard for me to be happy when “blessings” are given to children of privileges persons in America although poorer children were on waiting lists far longer.

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    Gracie Hicks Says:

    WHAT A WONDERFUL GOD WE SERVE,MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ALL. I KNOW THE MIRACLE OF DOCTOR JESUS. I WILL FOREVER HOLD YOUR FAMILY IN MY HEART,AGAIN MAY GOD CONTINUE TO SEND HIS MOST HIGHEST BLESSING UPON YOU.

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