brian carroll <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tue, 3 Jul 2001 09:56:28 -0700
"Heart surgery teams at five hospitals had been trained and poised to
remove a diseased natural heart and install, in its place, an
electric-powered pump designed to fit inside the chest with no wires
or tubes sticking through the skin.
There was no immediate comment from the Louisville hospital. Doctors
Laman Gray and Robert Dowling, who trained by implanting the
grapefruit-sized device in calves, performed Monday's surgery, the
source told the Associated Press.
The device, known as AbioCor, is designed to allow recipients to
maintain a productive lifestyle while wearing it. It is considered a
technological leap from earlier mechanical hearts.
No wire or tubes protrude outside the skin. Instead, power is sent
from a battery pack worn outside the body through the skin to an
implanted coil, control package and backup battery. "
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