Man lives for over a year without a heart

A 25 year old man has lived for over a year with no beating human heart – and still managed to play basketball.

strange fake heart

Stan Larkin from Michigan, USA spent 550 days totally supported by an artificial  heart known as a “Syncardia” – which he carried around in a backpack – after his heart was removed due to the genetic condition Familial Cardiopathy which can cause the heart to stop beating without warning.

“He was very ill when we first met him 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 him a heart transplants, but we didn’t think we had enough time. There’s just something about his unique anatomic situation where other technology wasn’t going to work.”

Stan’s portable heart came in the form of a 6-kg (13.5 pound) backpack that was connected to his vascular system and pumped his blood round his body.

weird heart

It’s not the easiest of things to wear so Stan’s ability to play sports ,while wearing it, astounded his doctors

“This wasn’t made for pick-up basketball,” said Haft. “Stan pushed the envelope with this technology … He really thrived on the device.”

After over a year of wearing his backpack heart Stan has now been given a full heart transplant.

15 Replies to “Man lives for over a year without a heart”

  1. It’s not possible to live a man without hearing. but can possible without heart .

  2. I marvel at medical science. Thank God we live in the 21st century.

  3. What a brave man.
    Very informative and fantastic article
    Thank you

  4. Shocked and interesting story, i want to meet this men some day if possible..

  5. This story touches my heart as well as the soul. Really wanna meet him.

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