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Man is fitted with artificial heart

By T.K. Randall
August 4, 2011 · Comment icon 4 comments



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40-year-old Matthew Green has a completely artificial heart powered by a pump and battery in a rucksack.
Mr Green is the first patient in the UK to ever receive such a device having suffered from a heart muscle disease that would have killed him had nothing been done, the heart is designed to function as a stopgap measure until a donor can be found for a transplant.
When Matthew Green leaves hospital, the one thing he really mustnít forget is his rucksack. The father of one will be carrying part of his new heart in it. Mr Green, 40, will be the first Briton to be discharged from hospital with a completely artificial heart.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Saru 12 years ago
Its a fantastic piece of technology but i'd be petrified that the thing was going to break - he's basically carrying the only thing keeping him alive around in a rucksack connected only by a few plastic tubes.
Comment icon #2 Posted by smokeycat 12 years ago
Its a fantastic piece of technology but i'd be petrified that the thing was going to break - he's basically carrying the only thing keeping him alive around in a rucksack connected only by a few plastic tubes. Funny that's how I feel about my heart.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Khaleid 12 years ago
Its a fantastic piece of technology but i'd be petrified that the thing was going to break - he's basically carrying the only thing keeping him alive around in a rucksack connected only by a few plastic tubes. I'd choose living precariously over not living at all any day...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Taut 12 years ago
Well, it's a step. Akin to the Iron Lung. For people with no alternative, it's at least an answer. What they don't tell you is what it takes to maintain it, and avoid infections, destruction of red cells and all the other complications, not mention how much your insurance won't pay. Still, it's something, and if you have a family, better than dying, I guess. l'll take one when it's pacemaker sized and internally energized and programmable for activity. But I'll be dead by then anyway.


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