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NEWS ROUNDUP 28 Nov 2017

Eastern Europe's first artificial heart transplant performed in Bratislava

Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia

When the patient leaves the hospital, he will have to carry a six kilogram bag with him at all times. Inside will be the mechanism of his heart. Running on batteries.

Slovakia Aha moments

Why this story matters:

A few days ago, the surgeons from NÚSCH (The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases) in Bratislava transplanted an artificial heart. It was the first such procedure in Eastern Europe.

Nonetheless, the new owner of the artificial heart is still on the waiting list to receive a real biological heart. The current one will buy him time as he will be able to lead a normal life. Maybe apart from the fact that when the 47-year-old patient leaves the hospital, he will have to carry a six kilogram bag with him at all times. Inside will be the mechanism of his heart, running on batteries.

“After careful preparation we decided to give him an artificial heart. Though the whole team underwent training, we did not know how this difficult surgery will turn out,” Michal Hulman, head of the cardiac surgery department of NÚSCH, told the TASR newswire.

In the outburst of negative news about Slovak hospitals, this one is a hopeful sign that we are on the right way to improve our health care.

Details from the story:

  • Worldwide, 1741 people live with an artificial heart (SynCardia TAH - Total Artificial Heart).
  • The artificial organ cost 120,000 euros. The insurance company covered the expenses.
  • The transplantation is inevitable in case of the failure of both heart atriums.

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