MINNEAPOLIS — A 28-year-old woman who became the fourth female to receive a mini-Jarvik-7 artificial heart was in critical condition today in the intensive care unit of Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Doctors said Nicole Christoffersen of Minot, N.D., was able to smile, wiggle her fingers and legs and squeeze the hands of family members.
Dr. Lyle Joyce, the first doctor to install a mini-Jarvik-7 device in a woman, implanted the man-made organ in her chest during a 5 1/2-hour operation Tuesday night.
Christoffersen was not as severely ill as Mary Lund, the first woman to receive an artificial heart transplant at Abbott Northwestern, doctors said. Lund received a human heart 45 days after the initial transplant and died Oct. 14 at 40.