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Total Artificial Heart Patient 3rd in the World to Receive Dual Transplants
Date:5/6/2009

ve was replaced, his heart wouldn’t start beating again. Since a donor heart wasn’t immediately available, Besen was flown by air ambulance to the nearest Total Artificial Heart certified hospital, his only chance at survival.

By the time Besen received the Total Artificial Heart, his kidneys had already failed due to low blood flow. He was placed on the waiting list for both a heart and a kidney.

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Chuck Besen
Dr. Jack Copeland


Originally designed as a permanent replacement heart, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to human heart transplant for patients dying from end-stage biventricular failure. The Total Artificial Heart is the only device that provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5 L/min through both ventricles.

The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is the first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE Mark approved Total Artificial Heart in the world. There have been more than 790 implants of the Total Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 160 patient years of life on the device.

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