British man survives artificial heart transplant
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
A 40-year-old man from the United Kingdom has survived an operation in which he was given a wholly artificial heart. It is believed that this is the first time in the UK that a patient has been able to return home with such an implant.
Matthew Green, a father of one, experienced the operation in England. His health has declined over the last few years, and he has suffered a substantial heart disorder, identified as . He is waiting to have a human heart implanted. The disease would have claimed his life had the operation to implant a plastic heart not occurred. Approximately nine hundred operations of this nature have already taken place worldwide., located in ,
Having survived the transplant, Green stated that the plastic heart will "revolutionise" his life. "Before I couldn't walk anywhere," commented Green. He described his ability "to be with normal people again" as "fantastic". Having the opportunity to live a relatively regular life "means the world" to Green.
Providing a nine-and-a-half litre blood flow at its peak, the plastic heart can provide roughly twice that of a resting human body. The artificial heart was implanted last June in a six-hour operation. Unlike other mechanical hearts, Green's heart is powered by a pump that can be transported in a handheld bag.
- "Plastic heart gives dad Matthew Green new lease of life" — , August 2, 2011
- Richard Alleyne. "Father becomes first in Britain to get artificial heart" — , August 2, 2011