• Follow Us: 

Briton Gets World's First Battery-Powered Heart Pump

  By posted Aug 20th 2012
Buzz


Briton Gets World's First Battery-Powered Heart Pump


* Text Courtesy IANS

*Images courtesy: Reuters Pictures

(IANS) A 60-year-old Briton, who suffered heart failure but was too ill to survive a transplant, has become the world's first to get a heart pump powered by portable batteries.

Barry Wade has been allowed to leave hospital and live at home after tiny three-inch titanium heart pump -- HeartMate II -- was fitted in him, The Sun reported.

The pump is charged by two portable batteries the patient carries in a shoulder bag.

Heart pumps normally need power from the mains. But this is a new portable version, attached to the heart by tubes. It was developed in the US.

Wade had the pump fitted at the University Hospital of South Manchester.

"I have a new chance of life and I am looking forward to the birth of my new grandson next month. I feel privileged to pioneer this device," said Wade, a resident of Macclesfield, Cheshire, and a father of four.

 

 

Spotlight

These Ill Effects of Smoking Will Make You Kick the Butt TODAY!

Smoking is bad for your health, yes, but do you know exactly how it affects your body? Most...

 Read More»

 

Fun Facts

7 Things You Should Know About Your Immune System

The immune system’s job is to identify foreign microbes, viruses, and parasites creeping...

 Read More»

 

Food Feature

10 Tips to Make Your Homemade Pizza Healthier

Pizza isn't necessarily junk food; it all depends on how it's made. Pizza can be...

 Read More»

 

In Focus

4th Anniversary Feature

 

Editor's Pick

Most Viral

Across The Net