MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Surgeons at West Virginia University have performed the state’s first heart transplant.

The university says in a news release that the six-hour surgery occurred Saturday in Morgantown on a 61-year-old male patient from Chesapeake, Ohio. It was performed by surgeons at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance.

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Transplant surgeon Dr. Vinay Badhwar says in a news release that WVU has “opened the doorway to a new future for West Virginians, who no longer have to travel out of state for heart transplantation.”

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The WVU Medicine program has several more heart transplant patients currently on a waiting list.

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