This 25 Year Old Lived Happily With His Heart In His Backpack For 1.5 Years

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For over a year, Stan Larkin was a heartless man – literally. The 25 year old, survived without his heart in his body – what was keeping him alive was a device he wore in a backpack, for 1 and a half years, after his biological heart was removed, the Next Web reported.

“They were both very, very ill”

Familial cardiomyopathy runs in Larkin’s family, and can cause cause heart failure without warning. Both Larkin and his brother, Dominique has received artificial hearts, SynCardia devices, while they waited to be a transplanted with a healthy heart.
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“They were both very, very ill when we first met them in our intensive care units,” said the surgeon behind the transplant, Jonathan Haft, from the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Centre. “We wanted to get them heart transplants, but we didn’t think we had enough time. There’s just something about their unique anatomic situation where other technology wasn’t going to work.”

The SynCardia device is 6 kgs, and pumps oxygen through the body via a connection with the vascular system.

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Dominique was placed with a donor within weeks and had a successful surgery. But Stan waited 555 days – doctors were amazed at how long he managed to carry around his artificial heart everywhere, even for a game of pickup basketball. Stan received a new heart last month, and has made a full recovery.
Source: indiatimes | 1

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