Lessons learned from the first application of the DeBakey VAD Child: an intracorporeal ventricular assist device for children

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2005 Mar;24(3):331-7. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2004.12.117.


We report and describe the design and the first clinical implantation of the DeBakey ventricular assist device (VAD) Child, a pediatric intracorporeal left ventricular assist device, in a 6-year-old girl. The risk-benefit of novel technologies in advanced heart failure and the lessons learned by our experience are important to consider in hopes that other centers (where this device is now available) may benefit.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cardiomyopathies / therapy
  • Child
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Heart-Assist Devices* / adverse effects
  • Hemothorax / etiology
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology*
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control