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1,200th Worldwide Implant of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Occurs in Indiana
Date:11/12/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An Indiana man has become the 1,200th person in the world to be implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. Patrick O'Hara is the first person in Indiana to receive the life-saving device and the first Hoosier to be discharged from the hospital with the Freedom® portable driver.

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On June 26, 2013, O'Hara, 59, received the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital as a bridge to transplant. It's the only device that eliminates the source and symptoms of biventricular (both sides) heart failure. Dr. I-wen Wang, M.D., Ph.D., an IU Health cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in heart and lung transplantation and ventricular-assist devices, implanted the SynCardia Heart when O'Hara's own organ, weakened by 30 years of heart disease, began to fail.

"Mr. O'Hara went from having blue fingertips from lack of sufficient blood flow to walking out of the hospital on his own power," says Dr. Wang. "The SynCardia Total Artificial Heart has given him a chance to get stronger in preparation for his heart transplant."

O'Hara left IU Health Methodist Hospital on October 10 carrying the 13.5-pound wearable Freedom driver in the backpack. Powered by two lithium batteries, the driver provides precisely calibrated pulses of air to operate the SynCardia Heart.

The Freedom portable driver allows patients to be discharged to their home and community to wait for a donor heart. Alm
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