War Veteran Gets New Heart Valve

Lester Tenney, a 90-year-old decorated war veteran, recently became the 25th person in San Diego to undergo an investigational transcatheter aortic heart valve replacement.

The FDA-approved clinical trial, known as PARTNER, is currently meant for patients at high risk for conventional open-heart valve surgery.

Surgeons at Scripps were able to replace Tenney’s heart valve, allowing him to journey back to Japan, where he had once been a prisoner of war, on a mission of peace.

The San Diego Union Tribune along with KSND and KGTV interviewed this remarkable patient.

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Tenny appeared on KGTV to talk about his heart valve replacement surgery.