French doctors 'perform second artificial heart transplant'

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French doctors have implanted a second patient with an experimental artificial heart, French media reported on Friday, nearly six months after the first person to undergo the ground-breaking surgery died.


“Apparently, everything went well but we know nothing about that patient,” French daily Libération said about the surgery, adding that it had not been able to get an official confirmation from the company itself.

Nobody was immediately available for comment at Carmat, the company that designed the artificial heart.

Carmat’s device is designed to replace the real heart for as long as five years, mimicking nature’s work using biological materials and sensors. It aims to extend life for thousands of patients who die each year while awaiting a donor.

The company was temporarily forced to suspend clinical tests of its artificial heart in March, after the first patient implanted with one died two-and-a-half months after his operation.

Before he was fitted with the device, the man was suffering from terminal heart failure and was said to have only a few weeks, or even days, to live.

Carmat announced in July that it had been authorised to resume clinical tests.



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