CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND (Aug. 3, 12:15 p.m. ET) — A 40-year-old man with a fatal heart condition is the recipient of a plastic replacement organ, the first United Kingdom patient to receive an artificial heart.
Matthew Green was treated at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. Some 900 similar operations have been carried out around the world.
The SynCardia artificial heart he received is used as temporary a bridge-to-transplant for patients dying from biventricular heart failure.
According to Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation: “Patients with mechanical hearts must remain permanently linked to a power supply via tubes that pass through the skin, which is a potential source of infection.
“With this artificial heart, the power supply is small enough to fit in a shoulder bag so patients can walk around and go home.”