Saturday, July 13, 2013

Amazing facts-The world's smallest artificial heart

Doctors in Italy successfully implanted a little titanium pump into the chest of a 16-month old boy to act as his heart until a donor heart was found. The baby, whose identity has not been disclosed, was kept alive for 13 days before the transplant and is now doing well.

The tiny titanium pump weighs only 11 grams and can handle a blood flow of 1.5 liters a minute. An artificial heart for adults weighs 900 grams.

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"This is a milestone," surgeon Antonio Amodeo told Reuters television, adding that while the device was now used as bridge leading to a transplant, in the future it could be permanent.

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