Mr. SC is a 62-year-old male retired truck driver who enjoys creating bi-annual holiday cheer as Santa Claus. Mr. SC was admitted to Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins Hospital for severe deconditioning following placement of a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). Post-operative complications included fever of unknown origin, leukocytosis, fluid overload, new blurry vision, new bouts of confusion, new onset benign tremors, acalculous cholecystitis, and new pain, weakness, and paresthesia in the left hip due to a psoas hematoma. Mr. SC’s goals for treatment were to return home and reengage with hobbies. Mr. SC eventually achieved a satisfactory level of fitness and ability to be discharged home.
Herrera, Baine; Azola, Alba; and Mayer, Robert Samuel, "Christmas in July: A Case Report of Santa Claus and His New Left Ventricular Assist Device" (2019). School of Medicine Publications and Presentations. 178.