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French Health Minister Confirms Second Transplant Surgery of New-Generation Artificial Heart

by Kathy Jones on  September 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM Organ Donation News   - G J E 4
France's Health Minister Marisol Touraine has confirmed that doctors have carried out the second transplant of a new-generation artificial heart last month.
 French Health Minister Confirms Second Transplant Surgery of New-Generation Artificial Heart
French Health Minister Confirms Second Transplant Surgery of New-Generation Artificial Heart
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Touraine said the transplant took place on August 5 at the university hospital in the western French city of Nantes and went well.

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The operation came nearly six months after the first recipient, 76-year-old Claude Dany, who had been gravely ill with a heart condition, died two-and-a-half months after receiving the experimental device.

"This intervention confirms that heart transplant procedures are entering a new era," Touraine said in a statement. She did not give other details.

The artificial heart, a unit implanted in the patient's chest, uses soft "biomaterials" intended to lessen the risk of blood clots and rejection by the immune system. It is powered by a belt of lithium batteries.

Nearly 100,000 people in Europe and the United States are in need of a heart transplant, according to its maker, Carmat, which plans to test the device for feasibility on four people.

Source: AFP
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