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Pioneering op performed by heart surgeon

28th September 2009

Professor Stephen Westaby, from Oxford's John Radcliffe hospital, has performed an operation which he believes could be a "world first".

He used stem cells and an artificial heart in order to allow the patient's heart to rest and restore itself. He said: "The idea of combining a pump is to take the pressure off the wall of the heart and try and give the stem cells a better environment to grow and develop. I believe many, many lives could be saved by these pumps in the UK."

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