LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Murray P. Haydon was removed Tuesday from a respirator that had aided his breathing since emergency weekend surgery to stop bleeding near his mechanical heart. Two of three chest drainage tubes also were removed, doctors said.
Haydon, 58, a retired Louisville auto worker, was awake and alert. He received a visit from his wife, Juanita, at Humana Hospital Audubon, where he became the world's third permanent artificial heart patient Feb. 17.
"Haydon is making good progress," said Robert Irvine, a spokesman for the hospital's experimental heart program directed by Dr. William C. DeVries.
"He was taken off the respirator early this morning and will be given small amounts of liquids as the day progresses," Irvine said.