Plastic Heart Gives Dad Matthew Green New Lease Of Life


A 40-year-old man who was dying from heart failure now he leave from hospital after receiving an artificial (plastic) heart, reported by BBC. He got Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), (a heart muscle disease that results in arrhythmia, heart failure and occasionally sudden death).

Now Matthew Green is ready to go home and await a transplant after surgeons at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire replaced his heart with an implant. The SynCardia temporary Total artificial heart powered by a portable driver in a backpack, around 13.5lb (6kg).

The device works in the same way as a heart transplant in that it replaces both failing ventricles and the heart valves they contain, thus relieving the symptoms and effects of severe heart failure. However, it is not suitable for long-term use.

This is the first time in UK, one get new plastic heart and now he leaving hospital. Around 900 similar operations have been carried out around the world.

Mr Green said: “It’s going to revolutionise my life. Before I couldn’t walk anywhere. I could hardly climb a flight of stairs and now I’ve been up and I’ve been walking out and getting back to a normal life.

Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Mr Steven Tsui said without the device Mr Green, from London, might not have survived the wait for a heart transplant operation.Now 30 people waiting for a heart transplant on our waiting list at Pap-worth.

Mr green have survived with this artificial heart and wait until a suitable donor heart could be found for him. This is the first time a patient walking the streets of Britain without a human heart.

Mr Green, who is married and have a son. His health had declined over recent years, meaning the only option available to him was a heart transplant. Before he was doing good exercise like cycling nine miles. But after he got the disease and he can’t walk even a few meters.

Mr.Tsui, director of the transplant service at Pap-worth, said that operation done on 9 June “went extremely well, Matthew has made an excellent recovery,” he said.

“I expect him to go home very soon, being able to do a lot more than before the operation – with a vastly improved quality of life – until we can find a suitable donor heart for him to have a heart transplant.”

Papworth Hospital in UK, carries out 2,000 major heart operations a year. Its first heart transplant, in 1979, was a UK first and the hospital has been using mechanical devices to support patients with end-stage heart failure since the 1980s.

The Total Artificial Heart is a modern version of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart of the 1980s. In November, 1986, a patient received a Jarvik heart and was supported for two days before receiving a transplant. Patients with mechanical hearts must remain permanently linked to a power supply via tubes that pass through the skin, which is a potential source of infection. With this artificial heart, the power supply is small enough to fit in a shoulder bag so patients can walk around and go home.

BBC News

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