Thursday, February 2, 2012

father of one of Matthew Green returns to family life with plastic body and external hydraulic unit while awaiting a donor heart

At age 40, who was seriously ill with heart failure has become the first person in Britain to be allowed home with an artificial heart.

Matthew Green, who is married with a son, he was discharged from hospital at Papworth, near Cambridge after surgeons with the unit on a six-hour operation last month.

doctors removed most of the green heart before implantation of the device plastic that circulates blood throughout the body with two pumps driven by a unit of Green carried in a shoulder bag (6 kg 13 pounds).



the hospital went well - apart from a vague brief panic caused by an audible alarm to your portable powerpack during a press conference with journalists. "I hate when I get nervous," he said.

Speaking of the operation, he added. "Before, I could barely feel my pulse, but now I have a very strong pace"

Green had been suffering from an illness known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a heart muscle disease that causes heart failure and arrhythmia and is recognized as a cause of death Sudden among young people.

The disease is caused by genetic mutations that are transmitted through the family line, takes over when the healthy cells of the heart are separated from their neighbors and is replaced by adipose tissue and scar. Despite its name, the condition can destroy both main chambers of the heart.

Doctors implant

Green offered as a last resort, when his health began to deteriorate rapidly. The artificial organ, known as a total artificial heart, is a temporary measure that is used to keep patients alive until a more severe suitable donor heart is available.

More than 900 have been implanted in patients, especially in the U.S. and Europe, in some cases for several months. Papworth Hospital is the only medical center in the UK certified to implant devices. The creation of portable powerpack last year has allowed patients to leave hospital after surgery.

"I am very happy to go home, and be able to do things every day that have not been able to do for so long, like playing in the garden with my son and prepare a meal for my family. "

The implant replaces heart valves and the two large ventricles who collect and pump blood throughout the body. According to the manufacturer based in Arizona, SynCardia, 60% of patients who are equipped with the device is able to walk over 30 meters in two weeks after surgery.
The transplant team, led by Steven Tsui, a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and director of transplant services at Papworth, was trained in Paris before attempting the operation. The team was assisted by Arusoglu Latif, a transplant surgeon Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, who has experience in the assembly of devices.

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