|Jim Gleason TRIO
Post Number: 20
|Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 04:54 pm: ||
Posted on Thu, May. 14, 2009
Mark Landau | Transplant pioneer, 59
Mark Landau, 59, who with his wife, Sandra, were believed to be the first married couple to have had heart transplants, died May 2, 2009, in California.
Mr. Landau, who lived in Ladera Ranch, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles, received a second heart transplant Dec. 17, 2007. He never regained his health and died at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center after a series of infections, his wife said. The couple were married 36 years.
During a bout with the flu, Mr. Landau was told by doctors that he needed a heart transplant. They put him on the waiting list and said he had 15 months to live. His health gradually deteriorated, but he received his new heart during the 16th month, on April 15, 1997, which he celebrated as his second birthday.
A man who prided himself on being able to take care of himself and his family, Mr. Landau returned to work at a paint store part time after three months, much earlier than most transplant patients, and was back full time a couple of months later.
Angry at life before the transplant, Mr. Landau became much more optimistic. "I realize it's not worth it to get aggravated," he told the Los Angeles Times in 2004.
Sandra Landau received her transplant 61/2 years later. The operation was performed by the same doctor at the same hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
"They had never done a husband and wife," Sandra Landau said. "We were the first in the world."
- Los Angeles Times
Post Number: 810
|Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 07:27 pm: ||
An incredible story!! May, God bless them both and may Mark and rest in peace.
Post Number: 9123
|Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 10:01 am: ||
Hi Jim and Don
I found the full article about Sandra and her husband.
Post Number: 2971
|Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 10:29 pm: ||
Great story! I am sorry to hear that the Mark has passed away.
Risa - thanks for posting the article about Mark and Sandra. Seemed like he was a great guy. I am sorry that he has passed.
Dx: BOOP - May 2006. Rediagnosed with Bronchiolitis Obliterans Nov. 2006
Listed Feb 2008 - Double Lung at Cleveland Clinic
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Post Number: 11
|Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 05:40 pm: ||
I know the landau's. I have sat in many of Cedars support group meetings with Mrs. landau while Mr. Landau was recovering from his second transplant. He was a very kind man!