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1st Pediatric Total Artificial Heart Patient Discharged Home Using Freedom® Portable Driver
Date:9/7/2011

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SynCardia Systems, Inc. (www.syncardia.com), manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced today that Texas Children's Hospital in Houston has discharged its first pediatric Total Artificial Heart patient to wait for a matching donor heart at home. On Aug. 31, 18-year-old Jordan Merecka left the hospital using the Freedom® portable driver, a wearable power supply for his Total Artificial Heart.

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"Having Jordan home again is the best gift in the world," said Suzanne Merecka, Jordan's mother. "The artificial heart was a blessing when he needed it desperately and his father and I are glad that Texas Children's could offer a life-saving option when things looked very grim. He still has a heart transplant in his future, but the artificial heart has helped him grow stronger. He will be ready when the time comes."

Jordan is participating in the FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study of the Freedom portable driver. Weighing 13.5 pounds, the Freedom driver is the first U.S. portable driver designed to power the Total Artificial Heart both inside and outside the hospital.  

"When I get home, I hope to be able to go fishing in the ponds in my neighborhood, hang out with my friends again, just relax, sit in my favorite chair," said Jordan. "I'm going to enroll in college classes while I'm waiting at home for my transplant."

Jordan was born with multiple congenital heart defects, including his heart on the wrong side of his chest (dextrocardia) and his heart vessels backward
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