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Artificial Heart

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Artificial Heart

The first entirely artificial heart has been fitted in the UK and the patient will soon be on his way home.  He will await a heart transplant when a suitable organ becomes available. The artificial heart was fitted at Papworth hospital near Cambridge which is the leading heart centre in the UK and a world centre of excellence.
Artificial Heart
900 of these devices have been used worldwide and they can work for up to 3 years.
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whats this got to do with Papworth
why dont you stop trying to be clever and just post the link?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14363731
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Seems that stress can trigger an alarm. Scary stuff.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2021443/Matthew-Green-40-person-UK-fitted-artificial-heart...
Good luck to him.

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Yes, I saw the scare in one of his TV interviews.  Luckily he had a lot of medical support available.
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I Wonder how he sleeps at night ? He would only have to turn over and end up pulling one of the tubes to be in trouble.
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Overall pretty amazing stuff and it was surprising how good he looked.
I'm not surprised that he took this option as he had a high probability of death if he didn't - tends to focus the mind.
@gleneagles - I sleep every night connected to a tube and not pulled it out since I started over 2 years ago. You do learn to organise it and they'll have allowed plenty of slack.
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With a bit of luck he'll be able to watch his son grow up.
Now Zen, but a +Net residue.
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One does wonder what they'll eventually manage to achieve with further miniaturization.
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The first transplant in the UK was performed at Papworth in 1979.  The recipient was Keith Castle who died in 1985.
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I still remember the first heart transplant on 3rd December 1967.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiaan_Barnard
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Seems such a long time ago and so much has changed in the meantime.
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So the story goes. Much experimentation in South Africa was conducted using monkey's before a human transplant.
Sounds Ok. except it was reported that there was saving on expenses by not bothering to anaesthetise the monkey's first.
Uhmm! I wonder if that's really true...
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Was there not also some criticism of Barnard for rushing to perform the procedure to be the first in the world to do so?  I seem to remember others thought he was a little premature in performing the op.
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Uhmm! why does the name; Dr Phillip Blyberg (may not be the correct spelling) come to mind with the experimentation.
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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Seem to vaguely recall that tissue rejection by the recipient was not really addressed until after the early transplants. Partly because it was not expected.
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.