40-year-old father gets artificial heart3rd August 2011
A 40-year-old man has been given a mechanical heart which will enable him to leave hospital as he waits for a transplant.
Matthew Green was given the implant by surgeons at the Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, which is made of plastic, is given power by a 6 kg portable driver in a backpack.
Mr Green suffers from a condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which results in heart failure.
The device he received is used on patients dying from the last stages of biventricular heart failure.
The artificial heart can only be used as a temporary measure and it acts as a replacement for the ventricles and valves which have failed.
Mr Tsui, director of the transplant service at Papworth, said the operation to fit the new device "went extremely well".
"Matthew has made an excellent recovery. I expect him to go home very soon, being able to do a lot more than before the operation - with a vastly improved quality of life - until we can find a suitable donor heart for him to have a heart transplant."
It is believed to be the first time the device has been fitted in the UK. Around 800 operations to fit the artificial heart have been carried out around the world.
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Title: 40-year-old father gets artificial heart
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 19317
Date Added: 3rd Aug 2011