Doctors Install First Robotic Heart
A 15 year-old suffering from Duchenne syndrome wasn't eligible for a heart transplant through his health insurance, so Dr. Antonio Amodeo of the Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome decided to install a permanent robotic artificial heart, the first operation of its kind. Powered by a battery worn on his belt and connected to a plug implanted behind his ear, the organ works as an hydraulic pump and will last about 20-25 years.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at October 7, 2010 9:20 AM