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.
Berlin Heart (Video)