Monday, December 23, 2013

'Holy grail' of transplant surgery is performed on 75-year-old man

This revolutionary artificial heart was anticipated for 2013 and it made history days before the close of the year; the first human artificial heart transplant performed in France is beating inside the breast of a 75-year-old Frenchman! The patient was reported awake and responding well after the operation.

The transplant heart put into the patient at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris uses a range of "bio-materials", including bovine tissue, to reduce the likelihood of the body rejecting it, 'The Telegraph' reported.

While the heart weighs less than a kilogramme it nevertheless is almost three times as much as an average healthy human heart.

This heart is intended to replace a real human heart for five years, unlike previous artificial hearts created mainly for temporary use.

"We are delighted with this first implant, although it is premature to draw conclusions given that a single implant has been performed and that we are in the early post-operative phase," Marcello Conviti, the chief executive of the French manufacturer, Carmat, said.

This new computer controlled device is the culmination of a 30-year quest by Prof. Carpentier, for the “holy grail” of transplant surgery. Professor Alain Carpentier, 80, is the inventor of the world’s first fully artificial, self-regulating heart.
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