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US Patient Implanted With HeartMate II, Leaves ICU

e, Moazami was able to persuade them to allow the compassionate use of the experimental device for Guthrie.

"We had no choice with this gentleman," he said. "He was too healthy not to do anything, but he was stuck in the ICU."

Once the new device was implanted, Guthrie recovered remarkably. His kidney function and physical strength returned, and he got out of the ICU. He has not yet regained his appetite, but "given what he's been through, this is minor," Moazami said.

"He's got nine lives. I think we've used eight of them."

Barnes-Jewish doctors are familiar with HeartMate II because the hospital is one of the institutions participating in the clinical trial.

A small pump implanted in the body, it is attached to a half-inch cable connected to a battery pack that recharges it. It's mobile. Moazami said one of his patients in the clinical trial delivers pizzas.

The device will stay inside Guthrie, and he should do well, as long as it's durable perhaps as long as five years. When it fails, he'll either get a replacement or be considered for a heart transplant.

Guthrie should be hoping to pull through, along with the physicians,not to speak of the HeartMate II manufacturers.


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