Doctors in Britain managed to keep a three year old boy alive on an artificial heart for more than eight months before he was finally able to undergo a heart transplant surgery.
Joe Skerratt was fitted with a Berlin heart for 251 days as his heart was unable to properly pump the blood around his body. Skerratt was diagnosed with a condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy and needed help from an artificial heart until a heart transplant surgery took place.
Dr Alessandro Giardini, who is a consultant pediatric cardiologist at Great Ormond Street where the surgery took place, said that Joe was very lucky to find a suitable heart for the transplant surgery.
"There is a chronic shortage of donor organs for children in the UK and at any one time we have several children in the hospital awaiting a transplant. Lots of children wait years for an organ to become available and can very sadly die while they are doing so", he said.