Andrew Lowe, the first pediatric heart transplant in Utah, is dead.
The 10-year-old fourth-grader at Oakwood Elementary School had been treated by cardiologists at Primary Children's Medical Center since he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy five years ago. The progressive, degenerative disease of the heart is extremely uncommon in children, but Andrew was stable until November 1987.That's when a blood clot in his leg led to hospitalization and, later, respiratory complications. Physicians told the family the young man wouldn't live a year without a transplant.
Coincidently, it was on Valentine's Day that Andrew was notified that a donor heart was available. A day later, following surgery at the University of Utah Hospital, a healthier heart from Iowa was beating in his chest. After a long roller-coaster ride of recovery and relapses, he died May 31 of complications from the transplant.
Funeral services will begin at noon June 4 at 3401 S. Highland Drive. The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 3. (bituary on B12.)