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After MitraClip Implant, Kato Celebrates Her 94th Birthday!

Posted by Adam Pick on June 24th, 2011

Although the MitraClip was recently recalled, one of ourĀ favorite patient success stories continues to be Kato Pomer from Los Angeles. As you might recall, Kato underwent a MitraClip procedure two years ago following a quick onset of severe mitral regurgitation.

Successful MitraClip Patient
Kato Pomer, 94, Mitral Valve Repair Patient

Yesterday, I learned that Kato just celebrated her 94th birthday. That said, I wanted to wish Kato a very, very, very happy birthday!

Keep on tickin’ Kato!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick A dad, a husband and a patient, Adam Pick founded this website in 2006 to educate you about heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery.
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Ricky (a female) says on June 24th, 2011 at 6:48 pm



Karen Pomer says on June 25th, 2011 at 12:04 am

Thanks Adam and Ricky. So proud of my Mom and her incredible resilience. So very grateful to her team of doctors at Cedars-Sinai. Sadly, the day before my mother’s birthday, our cousin Shirley passed away in Florida, the result of severe mitral-valve regurgitation. It’s so very important that as soon as the mitra-clip and other new developments in cardiac intervention for valve repair are proven safe, they must be fast-tracked for approval by FDA and made available to the public at large, not just restricted to clinical trials.


Ken Fleming says on June 25th, 2011 at 7:25 am

She looks good. Adam, you mentioned the recall of the MitraClip program, have you any word on the start up of that procedure again.
I and assumably lots others are waiting.


Leslie says on June 27th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I spoke with an Abbott labs spokesperson last week. He indicated shipments were expected to resume during the third quarter, possibly aug/sept. However, production will allow for only rolling shipments of the mitraclip, meaning some doctors would get them before others. This means some docs might not get them til after the third quarter.


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