World’s first ARTIFICIAL heart transplanted into patient
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By Peter Allen: The world’s first artificial
replacement heart has been transplanted into a patient.
The device, which will run for at least five years, was given to
a male patient.
Medics said he was awake, talking and “responding well” yesterday
after Wednesday’s operation.
The heart weighs 2lb – three times the weight of a real heart –
and contains bovine tissue and sensors that adapt the blood flow.
Developed by Airbus owner EADS, it is powered by batteries worn
outside the body.
If it is made widely available it is expected to cost about
The operation took place at Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris.
Surgeon Alain Carpentier said: “It’s about giving patients a
normal social life.”