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Smithsonian's "Bionic Man" Documentary Featuring the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Earns British Film Award
Date:12/3/2013

documentary that had more than six minutes devoted to the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart. These numbers are growing as distribution to other markets continues to roll out.

The show debuted in the United Kingdom on February 2013. The US version titled "The Incredible Bionic Man" started broadcasting on the Smithsonian Channel on Oct. 20, 2013. It also was shown on Brazilian and Canadian television and eventually will appear in other countries. It is available on the internet in some areas of the world and is also available through iTunes.

The 46-minute film shows roboticists and engineers putting together a $1 million robot using the most advanced technology available or in prototype that replace human organs and limbs. While host Dr. Bertholt Meyer expresses hope that the organ prototypes would one day be available, he notes that the SynCardia Heart is already saving lives today.

A six-minute segment of the documentary featured the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, showing the implantation in a patient at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Built by SynCardia Systems Inc. in Tucson, Arizona, the device is the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart. It serves as a bridge to transplant for patients suffering from end-stage heart failure that affects both sides of the heart (biventricular failure).

The SynCardia Heart is the only manmade device that eliminates the symptoms and source of end-stage biventricular heart failure. It has been implanted in more than 1,200 patient's worldwide, accounting for more than 335 patient years of life on the device.

Watch and read stories about the Bionic Man's SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.


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