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NEWS
August 2, 2001 | APARNA SURENDRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first human recipient of a completely internal artificial heart is doing "remarkably well" one month later, his doctor said Wednesday in Louisville, Ky. The unidentified diabetic, in his mid-to-late 50s, is now walking and talking and growing stronger by the day, said Dr. Robert Dowling, one of the surgeons who implanted the device in the patient at Louisville's Jewish Hospital.
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NEWS
July 17, 2001 | ROSIE MESTEL, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Two weeks after his heart was replaced with an artificial organ made of plastic and titanium, the first human recipient of a fully implantable artificial heart is doing well, but remains extremely sick, his surgeons said Monday in a news conference. The still-unidentified man, who was fitted with the artificial heart two weeks ago at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., is doing better than expected, said his surgeons, Dr. Laman Gray and Dr.
NEWS
September 14, 2001 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Kentucky surgeons who implanted the first self-contained artificial heart in a human in July said Thursday they had performed a second such surgery. A hospital spokesman said late Thursday that the recipient was 70-year-old Tom Christerson of Central City, Ky., a retired tire store owner whose son, Kenny, owns the NASCAR Busch Grand National Racing Team. Dr. Laman Gray and Dr.
SCIENCE
September 6, 2006 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators on Tuesday approved the first fully implantable artificial heart for use by dying heart failure patients who are not eligible for a transplant. The device, called AbioCor, was tested in 14 male patients. The 12 who survived the surgery lived an average of five months after receiving the mechanical heart.
NEWS
November 15, 2001 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Robert Tools, the first patient to receive a totally implantable artificial heart, suffered a stroke on Sunday and remains in serious condition, surgeons at Louisville's Jewish Hospital said Wednesday. The cause of the damage was a blood clot that lodged in an artery on the left side of Tools' brain, said Dr. Laman Gray, one of the surgeons. "There's no question about it," he said. "It's been confirmed by a CT scan."
NEWS
January 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
A gravely ill woman received an artificial heart in the nation's first such operation in nearly two years. Sharoyn Loughran, 46, was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after receiving the plastic-and-metal CardioWest pump Monday night during a four-hour operation at University Medical Center of the University of Arizona. Doctors said the implant was meant to keep her alive until she can receive a human heart in a month or two.
HEALTH
June 6, 2005 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
Donor organs are scarce enough for adults with heart failure. For infants and young children, the prognosis can be even grimmer. Not only are fewer organs available, the hearts of the very young can fail suddenly, without the symptoms that older people usually exhibit. Although mechanical heart pumps are routinely used to help adolescents and adults buy some time, they're too big for small children.
NATIONAL
March 18, 2004 | From Reuters
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel Wednesday recommended that the federal government for the first time grant general approval for transplant centers nationwide to use an artificial heart. The CardioWest Total Artificial Heart by SynCardia Systems would be the first on the market if the panel's recommendation is followed by the FDA. The agency usually agrees with the advice of its expert panels.
NEWS
January 23, 2000 | DAVID KINNEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Building an artificial heart seemed so easy in the 1960s: design a pump, implant the contraption in a patient's chest and hook it up to the arteries. How naive medical researchers were in that era of moon shots.
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