Travale King was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2002 after experiencing chest pains in school.
He received a heart transplant. But his donor heart started to fail, and he went into cardiac failure in August of 2015.
To ensure he could live long enough to receive a second heart, the Ventricular Assist Device team in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s implanted him with a Syndardia Total Artificial Heart while he waited for a transplant.
Travale has danced his way through his struggles. He can whip. And he can nae nae.
His guest list while he spent three months at Cincinnati Children’s on the Syndardia was 150 people strong, and included his mom, son and aunt.
A few weeks after he danced with his Total Artificial Heart for this video, Travale had a successful heart transplant.
Now he’s ready to nae nae on out of the hospital.
- The Ventricular Heart Device program at the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's is the pediatric leader in total number of Syncardia Total Artificial Hearts implanted. Learn more about the VAD program at http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/vad