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World’s Smallest Artificial Heart Implanted in 16-Month-Old Baby

by Kathy Jones on  May 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM Organ Donation News   - G J E 4
Italian doctors in Rome managed to successfully implant the world's smallest artificial heart in a 16-month old baby before conducting another surgery to transplant a real heart.
 World’s Smallest Artificial Heart Implanted in 16-Month-Old Baby
World’s Smallest Artificial Heart Implanted in 16-Month-Old Baby
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Doctors at Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital used a tiny titanium device invented by American doctor Robert Jarvik and conducted a complex eight hour surgery on the baby. The device was fitted in order to keep the baby alive for 13 days after which the real heart was transplanted.

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The baby, whose name and gender has not been disclosed, was diagnosed with a condition known as dilated myocardiopathy in which the fibers in the heart are stretched or elongated. The doctors fitted the device, weighing just 11 grams, before a donor was found.

"The operation was extremely complex and the child subsequently underwent a heart transplant, but currently, two months after surgery, the child is doing well and is in excellent health", Dr Antonio Amodeo, who led the surgery, said.



Source: Medindia
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