CHARLES TILLMAN TO TALK ABOUT THE DEVICE THAT SAVED HIS DAUGHTER’S LIFE

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Later today, Chicago Bears player Charles Tillman will speak to lawmakers in Washington, DC about the Berlin Heart, the device that saved his daughter Tiana’s life last year.

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“I felt it was my duty to do it,” Tillman said. “For everything [Tiana] went through and the other recipients go through, this is the least that I can do. Flying to Washington, staying in a nice hotel and speaking to [lawmakers] is easy considering what they’ve done.”

In May of last year, doctors discovered that a then three-month-old Tiana had an enlarged heart, a condition known as cardiomyopathy, which prevented Tiana’s heart from pumping blood through out her body. Doctors told Charles that his daughter wouldn’t survive without a heart transplant; finding a transplant would take months. So doctors recommended the Berlin Heart, an interim heart that is not FDA-approved.

Tiana is now 18-months-old and appears to be in good health.

“She’s loving life,” Tillman said. “She’s a typical toddler, other than doing the meds. That’s for the rest of her life, but I can work with that as long as we’ve got her.”

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