ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- Sixteen-month-old Keyoney Jenkins
has made medical history in St. Louis.
The toddler and her family travelled from Louisville, Ken. to
St. Louis Children's Hospital for care while Keyoney awaited a heart transplant.
She suffers from myocarditis and her
heart was incredibly weak.
times where we didn't think she would make it," said Dr. Kathleen Simpson.
Cardiologists put Keyoney on a machine
called a Berlin Heart. The machine sits outside the body and pumps all the blood
because the sick heart is unable to function. After months of hospitalization,
Keyoney slowly started to show signs of recovery.
"She's just always been a fighter," said Dr. Simpson.
Last week, Keyoney's heart recovered
enough she was able to be not only taken off the Berlin Heart, but would no
longer need a heart transplant.
of pediatric heart transplant patients have been treated with a Berlin Heart in
St. Louis but not one has recovered until now.
Keyoney has one more check-up at Children's Hospital Monday and
then she will return home to Kentucky.
Dr. Simpson estimates this type of recovery has happened less
than 10 times nationwide.
this is an exciting breakthrough for the hospital and may allow future children
to come off the Berlin Heart without needing a transplant.