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Staying Upbeat in Trying Circumstances

Daily Pilot

Ezekiel "Zeke" Kendall is, by most measures, a nice guy. He's friendly, upbeat and enjoys spending time with his family. Still, you wouldn't be wrong if you called him heartless.

The Costa Mesa 19-year-old — who's awaiting the first of what could be multiple heart transplants throughout his life — had his own failing ticker removed and replaced with a SynCardia artificial device Dec. 5... read more

Artificial Heart Revitalizes Monticello Man

Times Herald-Record

At home in Monticello, Daquain Jenkins is enjoying the simple pleasures of walking his kids to the bus stop, and looking forward to Christmas morning, when his three young children will rip open the presents under the tree.

Except for the backpack he carries and the chugging noise that follows him around, you wouldn't know this man was any different from anyone else.

When Jenkins, 29, left Mount Sinai Medical Center Oct. 25, the event was covered by CBS, Reuters and Fox.

In an eight-hour procedure in August, surgeons removed Jenkins' heart and transplanted a Total Artificial Heart... read more

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Temple to Implant Total Artificial Heart

Temple University Medical Center

One of the world's most advanced medical devices for end-stage heart failure patients will soon be available at Temple University Hospital. Later this fall, Temple physicians will be certified to implant the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. Currently, only 32 adult hospitals in the United States are certified to implant the device. Initially, Temple expects to implant between five and 10 of the devices a year... read more

1st Patient in Illinois Discharged Home with the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Advocate Christ Medical Center

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.

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Southtown Star - Beat Goes On for Monee Heart Patient, His Lifeline Now Toted in a Backpack
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ADVOCATE CHRIST MEDICAL CENTER:
Press Release - His Heart May Be Mechanical, But His Emotions Heart-Felt: 1st Patient in State

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Kentucky's 1st Total Artificial Heart Patient Receives Heart Transplant

University of Kentucky Medical Center

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.

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BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL:
Press Release - First SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient Receives Transplant

100 Days of Science: Artificial Heart Pioneer Put UA on the Map

Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Daily Star's Centennial salute to science in Arizona runs all summer. Each day, for 100 days, we'll record a milestone in the state's scientific history.

Arizona routinely made international headlines in the 1980s, as Jack Copeland's University of Arizona transplant team pioneered the use of artificial hearts to buy time for patients with failing hearts and no immediate prospect for a donor.

Copeland joined what was then called University Medical Center in 1977 and performed Arizona's first heart transplant two years later.

In 1985, Michael Drummond became the first patient to survive on an artificial heart as a bridge to a transplanted heart 11 days later... read more

Texas Heart Institute Provides Young Mother A Lifetime to Celebrate

The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium

"Every beat of my heart is precious to me," says Shawn Galloway, with uncommon zeal.

The young, suburban Houston mother's passion is hard earned, over a long battle with heart failure. She and her husband Joel, a church pastor, first learned her diagnosis at the age of 30, when she was three months pregnant with her daughter Hannah.

The pregnancy was successful, but Shawn's struggles were far from over.  Doctors at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital helped her manage her disease, but she ran out of options shortly after Hannah reached the second grade.

In February 2011, she contracted a virus and her condition worsened. She was put on the transplant list.

Shawn and her husband Joel leave the Texas Heart Institute with her SynCardia Total Artificial Heart  last August. She was released with the device  just in time to take her 8-year-old daughter, Hanna, to her first day of third grade. About a month later, in September 2011, she was transplanted.

In August 2011, Shawn was one of four patients implanted in a 12-day period at THI with the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart... read more

1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Implant Performed in New England

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.

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Artificial Heart ‘Life Restoring’ for Braintree Teacher
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Artificial Heart Transforms Alaska Man’s Life
Boston Globe Retired Teacher Receives Artificial Heart at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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Harvard Gazette Brigham Team Implants Artificial Heart

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BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL:
Health Blog Artificial Heart Gives Retired Teacher New Lease on Life

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With Each Operation, Artificial Hearts Show More Promise

ABC News Medical Unit

Grant Feusner, a 64-year-old security systems engineer, started having an odd constellation of health symptoms a year ago.

"I had difficulty breathing, a dry mouth, couldn't sleep, and had difficulties performing my job," said Feusner, of Maryland. "My quality of life was pretty good up until that point."

Feusner went to go see a cardiologist at the University of Maryland, where, after a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with heart failure. Worse, doctors told him that his condition could not be managed by drugs alone.

"I wasn't doing very well with medication adjustments," said Feusner. "I responded well in the short-term, but my [body] was pushing back."

Even after doctors implanted a defibrillator into his heart to shock it back into rhythm when necessary, his heart failure continued to worsen.

Feusner needed a new heart.

Not long ago, patients like Feusner would have faced a grim prognosis, as there would have been few options available to sustain him until a donor heart became available. But that may be changing... read more

A Bridge to Life: A Backpack Power Supply Runs the Artificial Heart
Chris Marshall Received from UW Medical Center

Columns: The University of Washington Alumni Magazine

EVERYWHERE CHRIS MARSHALL GOES, he carries a small gray backpack that emits a jaunty, syncopated sound loud enough to draw the attention of people around him. It’s the cheerful beat of the 13.5-pound wearable power supply that makes his Total Artificial Heart work. It’s the sound that will accompany Marshall around-the-clock until a donor heart becomes available for transplant.

The UW Medical Center in February became the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to discharge a patient implanted with the world’s only approved Total Artificial Heart, using the lightweight power supply dubbed the“Freedom portable driver” by SynCardia Systems, Inc. It’s a huge technological leap forward. Until recently, patients with Total Artificial Hearts had been tethered to a huge, 418-lb. machine called “Big Blue,” which confined them to the hospital while they waited for a transplant.

An artificial heart was the last thing on Marshall’s mind when he and his wife, Kathy, left their home in Wasilla, Alaska, in January, for a consult at the UW Regional Heart Center.... read more

University Of Maryland Medical Center Patient With Artificial Heart
Receives Heart Transplant

CBS Baltimore

There's a breakthrough at the University of Maryland Medical Center. For the first time ever in Maryland, a patient with an artificial heart receives a heart transplant. Grant Feusner, 64, says he's lucky to be alive. Earlier this year he was rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center with congestive heart failure... read more

1st Total Artificial Heart Patient in Minnesota Discharged from the Hospital

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
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Minnesota Public Radio - Man Receives First Artificial and Portable Heart in Minn.

A Gift of a Heart, from the Heart, Gives Mesa Woman New Lease on Life

East Valley Tribune

Mia Welch lived without a heart for nearly six months. But on St. Patrick's Day a little Irish luck was with her.

"My grandfather was 100 percent Irish," said the Mesa 21-year-old.

That morning she was sitting with her boyfriend in her room at the Mayo Hospital in Scottsdale when she saw a helicopter land, she said.

"I was joking with him and said, 'That's my heart,'" Welch said. "I hadn't seen a helicopter land there before. A little while later the doctor came in and asked me if the nurses told me the good news."

They found her a heart... read more

Biosciences Growing Quickly in AZ

Arizona Public Media

Southern Arizona is quickly becoming known for its advancements in the field of biosciences.

From headquartering a leading personal health medicine factory to creating the first globally approved full synthetic heart, it is making big strides towards being an integral part of the industry.

SynCardia, a Tucson-based company producing a handmade Total Artificial Heart, is a prime example of biosciences growth in the state... read more

Former Pro Hockey Player 1st to Receive Total Artificial Heart
in Upstate New York

University of Rochester

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.

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UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER:
Press Release - URMC Surgeons Implant 1st Total Artificial Heart in Upstate New York

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Young Couple Finds Love Through Heart Transplants

ABC Houston

A Houston hospital is the last place you'd expect to find love. But, it actually happened to two young people who were waiting for heart transplants at the same time.

Linda Thibodeaux and Jordan Merecka like watching alligator shows, and they like to cook.

Linda said, "I do things my way and he does things his way, but somehow we seem to work together."

And they both have ... new hearts.

Jordan said, "She got her transplant May 11 and I got SynCardia May 22."

Their romance began when in a hospital. They were waiting for heart transplants at the same time. When a heart became available last May, it matched Linda. To keep Jordan alive, Texas Children's surgeons gave him the new artificial heart... read more

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Artificial-Heart Maker Hopes to Expand Its Use

Arizona Republic

A Tucson-based company plans to expand use of its Total Artificial Heart, now available only to keep heart-failure patients alive until they can get a heart transplant.

SynCardia Systems Inc. wants to make its device available to people who can't get heart transplants because they have cancer or other health issues that prevent them from being candidates for the limited supply of donor hearts.

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved a humanitarian-use device designation for SynCardia's artificial heart. The company also needs FDA approval of a humanitarian-device exemption, which the company believes could happen later this year, according to Don Isaacs, SynCardia's vice president of communications.

The new federal exemption would make the artificial heart available for up to 4,000 heart-failure patients each year who are not eligible for a heart transplant... read more

FDA Expected to Approve Permanent Artificial Heart Soon

CBS Tucson

We're reaching another milestone for artificial hearts, and it's happening right here in southern Arizona. The Tucson company, SynCardia Systems, Inc., has made history with its artificial hearts and is now taking a first step toward saving more lives that were once thought lost. The Food and Drug Administration has just given SynCardia's heart a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) designation. The next step is a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE), and at that point, up to 4,000 lives a year might be saved in the United States... read more

Hebron Man Adapts to Life with Heart Machine

The Enquirer

Zack Poe appears at first glance to be a healthy 20-year-old.The only really indication that something is amiss is a small, portable case next to his chair that sounds almost like a dishwasher. It is Poe's constant companion and upon closer inspection, one notices tubes attached to the case extend under his shirt.

The 13-pound device, called a Freedom Driver, powers the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart that is keeping Poe alive and healthy until a donor can be found for a permanent transplant.

To outside observers it probably seems remarkable that someone can live a relatively normal life at home without the most vital of organs, but Poe is taking it all in stride... read more

'Heartfelt' Performance to Raise Transplant Funds for Former MCC Dancer

College Times

The Mesa Community College Dance Company's spring formal performance is packed with heart. About 40 dancers will perform March 22 though March 24 in a show dedicated to Mia Welch, a former MCC dancer who has battled congestive heart failure.

"I always said to myself if something like this happened to any of my other dancers I would have felt compelled to do the same thing because we are all a big family and we all try to help each other and pick each others spirits up," said Tina Rangel, Welch's former dance teacher and director and producer of the show. "For me, it was a no-brainer."

The performance, appropriately titled "Heartfelt," will focus on themes of the heart with dances titled "Eat Your Heart Out," "Listen to Your Heart" and "A Change of Heart."

At age 21, Welch knows better than most what it means to have a change of heart. Since her second semester of dance at MCC, Welch has relied on an enlarged heart damaged by a virus and an artificial heart kept in a15-pound backpack.

On Sunday, Welch welcomed a more permanent change — a life-saving heart transplant... read more

1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient in Kentucky Discharged Home

University of Kentucky Medical Center

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
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Press Release - UK First in Kentucky to Implant SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

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1st Total Artificial Heart Patient Discharged Home
from Sentara Heart Hospital

Sentara Heart Hospital

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.

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ABC Norfolk - Local Hospital Gives Man Artificial Heart
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The Virginian-Pilot - With New Device at Sentara, No Heart is No Problem

SENTARA HEART HOSPITAL:
Press Release - Sentara Heart Hospital Offers Total Artificial Heart 

Mesa Dancer, 21, Waits for New Heart

East Valley Tribune

"Waiting. For now, I'm just waiting," says 21-year-old Mesa resident, Mia Welch.

Pictures of grinning family and friends and photos of Welch in mid-leap line the walls of her room. Welch, tucked beneath a purple coverlet, smiles. A backpack sits in a chair next to the bed. Toiletries line the cabinet near the sink and a recliner with a blanket folded neatly sits in the corner of the room. Except for small details like the hospital bed, the handrails in the bathroom and a constant humming and thumping, it could nearly be mistaken for a college dorm room.

Except the room is in Phoenix's Mayo Clinic Hospital and the constant thumping emanating from the backpack holds a device currently acting as Welch's heart.

Congestive heart failure is not something commonly associated with young, otherwise healthy dancers, but here sits Mia Welch, waiting; she's waiting for a heart... read more

Meet Teen Whose Life Was Saved Thanks to
the Irreplaceable Gift from Blood Donors

ABC Houston

Why do volunteers come out to donate blood during the ABC13 Annual Spring Blood Drive? They do it to save lives of children and adults. 

Jordan Merecka is the teenager who made news last year when he got one of the first total artificial hearts. But it wasn't just the mechanical heart that saved him, it was also blood donations from people like you.

Most of Jordon's FFA friends from Cywoods High School haven't seen him since he nearly died this time a year ago. Jordan went into heart failure during spring break of 2011.

I met him at Texas Children's Hospital when he was the first teenager in Texas to be kept alive with an artificial heart... read more

Can You Build a Human Body?

BBC

Technology has always strived to match the incredible sophistication of the human body. Now electronics and hi-tech materials are replacing whole limbs and organs in a merger of machine and man.

Heart transplant waiting lists are long and some patients die before a suitable organ becomes available. Plastic hearts buy people time - the longest a patient has survived on one is three years.

The whole heart is replaced by two chambers, with valves that let blood in and out. A pump housed in a backpack pushes the blood to the heart along tubes that enter the body below the rib cage. Air is rhythmically pumped into the artificial heart, forcing out blood round the body in much the same way that a beating heart would... read more

Allegheny General Hospital Implants
Region's 1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

Allegheny General Hospital

The Freedom® portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.
CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.

TELEVISION NEWS:
CBS Pittsburgh - 63-Year-Old First Pittsburgh Recipient Of New Artificial Heart
NBC Pittsburgh - Artificial Heart A Pittsburgh First
Night Talk Pittsburgh - New Hope for Heart Patients
ABC Pittsburgh - Allegheny General Hospital Implants Artificial Heart

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - AGH Surgeons Implant Totally Artificial Organ that Can Serve as Bridge to Transplant
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Western Pennsylvania Man Gets Latest Version of Artificial Heart
Pittsburgh Business Times - AGH Surgeons Implant Total Artificial Heart

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MSNBC - Pittsburgh Hospital Implants Artificial Heart

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Essential Public Radio - New Hope for Heart Patients

ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSPITAL:
Press Release - Allegheny General Surgeons Perform Pittsburgh's First SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Implantation
Video - Artificial Heart Transplant Press Conference

Keeping a Steady Heartbeat -- with Mechanical Help

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Heart pumps are mechanical devices that can keep people with advanced heart failure alive while they wait for a heart transplant.

The devices are getting better. The left ventricular assist device, or LVAD system, may one day be smaller and completely implantable, making it a game changer, experts say, for advanced heart failure treatment.

The total artificial heart, a different device, is also getting streamlined. A version available now allows patients to go home while they wait for a heart transplant.

We talked to patients with both types and to doctors about the future of heart pump technology.

Tony Williams, 42, is near the top of the list for a donor heart. He was diagnosed six years ago.

His disease was manageable at first, but he said in "the last year, things went downhill." Williams, who lives in Henrico County, is a veteran and father of three. Heart disease runs in his family, he said, naming his father, brother and a late uncle as also affected.

In July, Williams had a total artificial heart implanted at VCU Medical Center's Pauley Heart Center... read more

Top 10 Arizona Innovations: #2 Artificial Heart

Arizona Republic

The artificial heart, which serves as a temporary pump for patients waiting for heart transplants, was largely developed at the University of Arizona. One of the key players was Dr. Jack Copeland, who, as a University of Arizona cardiac surgeon in 1979, performed the state's first heart transplant. In 1985, he made the history books again when he became the first surgeon to use the original artificial heart, the Jarvik-7, as a temporary bridge to a heart transplant... read more

Man in Need of Heart Transplant Finds Nine-Leaf Clover

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Tony Williams needs a new heart and some luck.

He might have found the latter Wednesday when he discovered a rare nine-leaf clover in his front yard.

"Who knows?" said Williams, 42. "It can't hurt."

The find provided a welcome light moment for Williams, an Army veteran and former call-center worker who wears a backpack pump to power his heart. Heart disease runs in his family. He is hoping for a transplant... read more

*The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart was formerly known as the
SynCardia temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart.

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