Taylor Givens and Collin Kobelja’

Against All Odds Inova heart transplant patients, who never met while receiving lifesaving care in adjoining hospital rooms, reconnected and found enduring love On Taylor Givens and Collin Kobelja’s first date, the couple paused their dinner for a medicine break. Both needed to take anti-rejection drugs to help sustain their transplanted hearts. “It was a…

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In 2011 — on the same day — Taylor Givens and Collin Kobelja received heart transplants at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. A few years later, they started dating. Here’s their story. Valentine’s Day might seem like a silly holiday for some, but for Collin and I, who met at Inova after we received our…

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Linda J. Bogar, MD, is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery.  This month, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first heart transplant ever performed on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Among those celebrating are retired cardiothoracic surgeon Edward Lefrak, MD, who performed that first transplant in 1986, and the patient who received…

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human hands forming the shape of a heart

We are so happy to celebrate a special anniversary with Eva Baisey. She received a heart transplant at Inova Fairfax Hospital 30 years ago! Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/12/27/shes-pretty-special-defying-odds-the-d-c-areas-first-heart-transplant-patient-is-still-alive-30-years-later/ Washington Post, December 27, 2016

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A Heartfelt Donation Accustomed to an active schedule, Rajesh Shah, a Fairfax businessman, philanthropist and father of three, could no longer get through the day without feeling tired and short of breath. Having lived with advanced heart failure for seven years, Shah faced a worsening progression of a disease that threatened to take his life.…

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