Playing Golf with a VAD – First in Alberta, Maybe the World!

In 2007, the Foothills Hospital in Calgary became the first in the Province of Alberta to discharge a patient with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). Till that point in time, all VAD patients in Alberta needed to remain in hospital, generally for a period of several months, while they awaited a heart transplant. Hard on the patient and on the system.

In the summer of 2008, twenty-eight year old Scott Ouellette brought us yet another first. While being discharged with a VAD (and even at that point, we remained the only place in Alberta discharging VAD patients) he played a full round of golf. We know for certain this was a first in the province, but this may have actually been a first anywhere!

April 24th to August 15th 2008

Tinman's heart: April 24th to August 15th 2008

Scott, who is now known as ‘tinman’, has informed us that he was scoring in the mid-80’s with the device, the same level as before the procedure. Having received his transplant, Scott now has his eyes set on the XVIII World Transplant Games to be held in 2011 in Göteborg, Sweden.

Go get ’em champ!

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3 thoughts on “Playing Golf with a VAD – First in Alberta, Maybe the World!

  1. this is Tinman…if you would like to see video of how i golfed and played horseshoes feel free to search oly29 on youtube…

  2. Pingback: Tinman playing golf! « Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta

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