PITTSBURGH — A Jarvik-7 artificial heart implanted to save the life of a 47-year-old factory worker was "performing beautifully" Friday as doctors searched for a suitable human heart donor, hospital officials said.
Meanwhile, across the state in Hershey, Anthony Mandia, 44, of Philadelphia, continued to improve with the Penn State artificial heart, also designed as a temporary blood pump.
The Pittsburgh patient, Thomas J. Gaidosh, "will receive the next available heart. They (doctors) feel comfortable he could withstand the procedure," said Tom Chakurda, a spokesman for Presbyterian-University Hospital, affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh.
"So far, so good," Chakurda said of Gaidosh's condition. "The preliminary indications are very encouraging at this time."
The patient responded to voice and touch and moved his arms and legs Friday, Chakurda said.
Gaidosh, of Sutersville, received the Jarvik-7 heart during six hours of emergency surgery Thursday. He is the second person to receive the Jarvik-7 on a temporary basis and the third person to receive an artificial heart as an interim device in authorized, emergency surgery.