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Briton Gets World's First Battery-Powered Heart Pump

  By posted Aug 20th 2012
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Briton Gets World's First Battery-Powered Heart Pump


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(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.

 

 

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