A medical team in Lebanon has successfully performed the first "artificial heart" implant in Lebanon on a 37-year-old man suffering from terminal heart failure.
A team of doctors at the the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) oversaw the six-hour operation last Friday and deemed it successful after the patient survived the first critical 72 hours, an AUBMC press release said.
"The operation was a huge success as it was this patient?s last chance at life," said surgeon Pierre Sfeir, who conducted the operation.
Recovering in the special care unit, the patient, a father of four, was all smiles the third day after the surgery.
"I was facing death when I arrived here," he said. "Merely lifting an arm would knock the wind out of me. I could barely breathe. Now, I have a new lease on life.
"My family is really, really happy. My dad cannot stop smiling," he added.
The "artificial heart" implant operation involves the insertion of a device (LVAD) that takes over the functions of the left ventricle of the heart, which is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to the rest of the body.