December 20, 2018

Teen with new heart hopes to head home for Christmas

By Karl Oestreich

First Coast News
by Alexander Osiadacz

A terrifying situation for a teenage athlete and his family as he collapsed, unresponsive at a basketball game. Jaylen Clausell has stacks of college letters and invitations from schools across the country. His first sport is football, but in March 2018 he was on the court for a school basketball First Coast News Jacksonvillepractice. He fell to the floor. His heart was failing. “I remember basketball practice and nothing after,” Clausell said. He woke-up in a hospital bed in Pensacola. His heart would fail again soon after and then a transfer to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Doctors would diagnose him with a rare genetic condition known as ARVC. Dr. Parag Patel with Mayo Clinic’s transplant department explained. “This part of the heart will enlarge and fatty infiltration can lead to fibrillation and when you have fibrillation, it can lead to cardiac arrest,” Dr. Patel said.

Reach: First Coast News refers to three television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate; WTLV, the NBC affiliate; and WCWJ, the CW affiliate.

Context:  Parag Patel, M.D., is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist with Mayo Clinic Transplant Center. Mayo Clinic is the largest integrated transplant provider in the United States. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota include more than 150 surgeons and physicians and hundreds of allied health staff who are trained in caring for transplant patients. Mayo Clinic's heart transplant doctors and surgeons use proven innovations to successfully treat people with congestive heart failure and other serious heart diseases.

Contact:  Tia Ford


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