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'I'm a Heartless SOB' Jokes Patient Discharged from Strong Memorial Hospital without a Human Heart
Date:7/22/2014

me, Fontana spends time with his five grandkids, goes shopping and exercises on a treadmill.

"This machine, this artificial device is what's keeping me moving," Fontana told The Post-Standard in Syracuse.

Fontana has maintained his humor throughout. "I get a kick out of saying, 'I'm a heartless SOB.' I don't have a heart."

He also credits his wife, Toni, with keeping him motivated to get strong for his heart transplant.

"I'm still here and I'm glad for that," he told the newspaper. "I have a lot of life left to do."

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SynCardia Systems, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona is the privately-held owner and manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart for use as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure in which both ventricles can no longer pump enough blood for a person to survive.

More than 1,300 implants of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart accounts for over 400 patient years of life on the device. Since January 2011 more than 400 SynCardia Hearts have been implanted.

The youngest patient to receive a SynCardia Heart was 9 years old; the oldest was 76 years old. The longest a patient has lived with a SynCardia Heart
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