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Smithsonian’s “Bionic Man” TV Special & Exhibit Feature the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

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Arizona Daily Star – Heart of “bionic man” came from Tucson (Includes video from Associated Press)
International Science Times – “Bionic Man” made up of 28 artificial organs can walk, talk and even breathe
LiveScience – 1st Fully Bionic Man Walks, Talks and Breathes
Cronkite News – At the heart of Smithsonian’s “bionic man” is an artificial ticker from Tucson (Includes video story)
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Cronkite News: Video Story
CNN Money: Meet the $1M Bionic Man
BBC News: Meet Frank, the world’s first bionic man
CBS: Meet Frank, the Incredible Bionic Man
Globo TV’s “Fantastico” (Brazil) - Cientista britânico cria homem biônico de US$ 1 milhão

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UK’s 1st Total Artificial Heart Patient Receives Heart Transplant

Papworth Hospital

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The Independent - Man able to live for two years with artificial heart
Cambridge News - Backpack heart superman finally gets transplant in Cambridgeshire
Top US News - Man Breaks Record, Survive With Artificial Heart for Two Years
BBC News - Cambridge Papworth 'plastic heart' man gets donor organ

 

1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Implanted in Gulf South Region*

Ochsner Medical Center

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CBS Baton Rouge – Artificial Heart Transplant Patient Shares Experience
ABC New Orleans - Louisiana Man Gets Total Artificial Heart

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Times Picayune: Ochsner Implants the First Total Artificial Heart in the Gulf South Region
LA Medical News: Ochsner Implants First Total Artificial Heart in Gulf South
New Orleans Magazine
Healthcare Journal of New Orleans
Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge

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Ochsner Medical Center - Patient Story: Alfred Williams

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Ochsner Medical Center – Ochsner Implants First Total Artificial Heart in Father of Five as Bridge to Heart Transplant
SynCardia - Ochsner Medical Center Implants 1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart in Gulf South Region

This story also aired on these TV news stations:

•ABC – Biloxi, MS •CBS – New Orleans, LA
•CBS – Greenwood, MS •CBS – Monroe, LA
•CBS – Shreveport, LA •CBS – Alexandria, LA
•CBS – Yakima, WA •NBC – Montgomery AL

*Ochsner defines the Gulf South Region as the area extending from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle

First SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Implanted in Nebraska

The Nebraska Medical Center

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CBS Omaha - First Nebraskan to Get Artificial Heart
FOX Omaha - Man Receives State's First Artificial Heart Implant
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Omaha World Herald
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Omaha’s Superhits 99.9

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The Nebraska Medical Center – Nebraska Medical Center Surgeons Implant State's First Total Artificial Heart
SynCardia - Nebraska Medical Center Implants State's First SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

New Jolt of Life for the Artificial Heart

Inc. Magazine

The first successful human artificial heart implant was performed on 61-year-old dentist Dr. Barney Clark back in 1982. Clark lived for 112 days.

The heart that was implanted into Clark three decades ago was a far cry from today's artificial heart technology. The Total Artificial Heart, the device currently used to replace both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves in patients suffering from biventricular failure, has since become an indispensable tool in heart transplants... read more

74-Year-Old Becomes Oldest SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient
to Leave the Hospital Using the Freedom® Portable Driver

Penn State Hershey 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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Penn State Live - Palmyra Man is First in PA to Go Home with Total Artificial Heart
Lebanon Daily News - Heart Patient Bob Phillips of Palmyra Makes History at HMC

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Penn State Hershey - Patient with Total Artificial Heart Leaves Hospital

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Penn State Hershey - Medical Center Patient First in Pennsylvania to Go Home with Total Artificial Heart
SynCardia - 74-Year-Old Becomes Oldest SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient to Leave the Hospital Using the Freedom® Portable Driver

Patient Receives Gulf South's First Total Artificial Heart

FOX 8 New Orleans

A patient recovering at Ochsner Hospital has made history -- he's the first person to receive an artificial heart in our region. Dr. Aditya Bansal performed the surgery on February 20. The doctor says the patient, whose name and age are not being released, is doing well... read more

Gates Orlando Headed Out of the Hospital

ABC 13 Rochester

The heart transplant team at the University of Rochester Medical Center will celebrate a milestone later this week, when it discharges the first upstate New York recipient of an artificial heart. That patient is Gates Orlando, familiar to many in Rochester as a star player for the Amerks in the 1980s and later as a player in both the NHL and Europe.

But on the transplant unit he's better known as a cheerleader, motivational speaker and card player. Orlando gave support to other patients on the transplant list, much as previous heart transplant recipients had encouraged him when he first arrived.

The card playing? It was a weekly event among the patients awaiting a new heart. The gambling was secondary to the good conversation, and deep understanding among friends with a common goal - a new heart for a new chance at life.

Orlando was diagnosed several years ago with a rare form of heart failure. Last April, the disease had progressed to the point where doctors had to implant a total artificial heart, a first for the doctors in the URMC Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation... read more

See University of Rochester Medical Center press release

Children's Patient is a Pioneer with Artificial Heart

Cincinnati Enquirer

She had a quiet Valentine's Day, the unofficial holiday of hearts. Now she's sharing her heartfelt story of hope.

Tiernee Gonzalez's immediate hope is simple, and now within reach:  "Just to get home, and try to live as normally as possible."

In November, when she was 19, the Hamilton resident became the first patient at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to have surgery to implant an artificial heart. It was only the fifth time a pediatric hospital implanted the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, and the first time a female pediatric patient at a pediatric hospital got the device... read more

See SynCardia press release

Artificial Heart Will Keep on Ticking Until Transplant

Arizona Daily Star

Justin Ryder has battled heart problems nearly all his adult life.

But after multiple surgeries, the 35-year-old Las Vegas, Nev., resident finally has a ticker that works - SynCardia's temporary Total Artificial Heart.

Running out of options with his patched-up natural heart, Ryder had an artificial one implanted in early December at the University of Arizona Medical Center. It keeps him going, literally, while he awaits a donor heart.

It's been a tough run for Ryder, an athletic father of three who had surgery for an enlarged heart at age 18.

His natural heart's last gasp began in 2002, when he ran out of breath while tossing a football outside a friend's home during the Super Bowl... read more

SynCardia a Heartbeat from Leadership Role

Arizona Daily Star

A private Tucson company formed in 2001 to take over development of a temporary artificial heart is poised to change the standard of care for patients - and potentially become a powerhouse in heart care.

In doing so, SynCardia Systems Inc. could become the next Ventana Medical Systems - a University of Arizona technology spinoff that was acquired by Swiss drug giant Roche for $3.4 billion and now employs more than 1,000 people in Oro Valley... read more

How To Build A Real $1 Million Bionic Man

Fast Company

Rex is a walking, talking, hearing robot stuffed with artificial internal organs and the latest in prosthetic technology. Built for a British television program--he's soon coming to America.

Beginning on February 7, visitors to London's Science Museum will see a strange, stirring sight: A humanoid replica built from the world's finest prosthetics and artificial organs. The bionic man can see, speak, and interact with visitors using artificial intelligence.

The million-dollar bionic man is, himself, a museum within the museum. But he's no mere curiosity. He's a walking, talking, fake blood-pumping gallery of medical advancements coming to--or already actually inside--a warm human body near you.

Channel 4's robot also mimics internal human functions just as much as the external: Rex pumps its artificial blood with an artificial heart designed for use by patients awaiting heart transplants, as well as a bionic spleen, kidney and artificial pancreas. The firm that manufactured Rex's heart, SynCardia, was named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies of 2011 for their Total Artificial Heart... read more

SynCardia Ready for Prime Time

BizTucson Magazine

"The Artificial Heart is Here."

That headline on the cover of LIFE magazine in September 1981 seemed to solidify the artificial heart's spot in medical history.

But it would take the tenacity and the vision of three University of Arizona scientists – Dr. Jack Copeland, Dr. Mar­vin Slepian and Richard Smith – and overcoming a series of corporate disas­ters to get the artificial heart to where it is today – poised to save the lives of thousands around the world each year... read more

Home for the Holidays: 1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient
Discharged from UCLA

Ronald Reagan UCLA 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.

TELEVISION NEWS:
CBS Los Angeles – Portable Heart Lets Transplant Patients Wait at Home
NBC Los Angeles – New Tech Lets Artificial-Heart Patient Leave Hospital
ABC Los Angeles – Man with Artificial Heart Leaves Hospital Thanks to New Device
CW Los Angeles – Artificial Heart Given to Man After Body Rejects Donor
MUNDO FOX (Spanish) - Nuevo Diseño de Corazón Artificial
FOX Los Angeles

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United Press International (UPI) - Artificial Heart Allows Mobility
Beverly Hills Courier - Man Wears His (Artificial) Heart In A Backpack

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UCLA Medical Center – UCLA Doctors Remove Man's Heart, Replace It with Total Artificial Heart
SynCardia - Home for the Holidays: 1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient Discharged from UCLA

This story also aired on these TV news stations:

•ABC – Lincoln, NE •ABC – Mobile, AL
•ABC – New York, NY •ABC – Philadelphia, PA
•ABC – Salisbury, MD •ABC – South Bend, IN
•ABC – Wilkes Barre, PA •CBS – Albany, NY
•CBS – Austin, TX •CBS – Baton Rouge, LA
•CBS – Beaumont, TX •CBS – Binghamton, NY
•CBS – Boston, MA •CBS – Burlington, VT
•CBS – Cedar Rapids, IA •CBS – Charleston, WV
•CBS – Chattanooga, TN •CBS – Chico, CA
•CBS – Cincinnati, OH •CBS – Columbia, MO
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•CBS – Denver, CO •CBS – Fargo, ND
•CBS – Flint, MI •CBS – Greenville, NC
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•CBS – Paducah, KY •CBS – Palm Springs, CA
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•CBS – Richmond, VA •CBS – Roanoke, VA
•CBS – Rochester, MN •CBS – Salisbury, MD
•CBS – Salt Lake City, UT •CBS – Savannah, GA
•CBS – Shreveport, LA •CBS – Sioux City, IA
•CBS – Sioux Falls, SD •CBS – Smith, AR
•CBS – South Bend, IN •CBS – Spokane, WA
•CBS – Springfield, MA •CBS – Syracuse, NY
•CBS – Toledo, OH •CBS – Traverse City, MI
•CBS – Tri-Cities (TN-VA), VA •CBS – Tulsa, OK
•CBS – Twin Falls, ID •CBS – Tyler, TX
•CBS – Wheeling, WV •CBS – Yakima, WA
•CW – Salisbury, MD •FOX – Cedar Rapids, IA
•FOX – Knoxville, TN •FOX – Madison, WI
•FOX – Monterey, CA •FOX – New York, NY
•FOX – Philadelphia, PA •FOX – Santa Barbara, CA
•NBC – Albuquerque, NM •NBC – Birmingham, AL
•NBC – Casper, WY •NBC – Cedar Rapids, IA
•NBC – Colorado Springs, CO •NBC – Columbus, MS
•NBC – Eugene, OR •NBC – Fargo, ND
•NBC – Harlingen, TX •NBC – Jackson, MS
•NBC – Lake Charles, LA •NBC – Macon, GA
•NBC – Minot, ND •NBC – Oklahoma City, OK
•NBC – Paducah, KY •NBC – Philadelphia, PA
•NBC – San Diego, CA •NBC – San Francisco, CA
•NBC – Tri-Cities (TN-VA), VA •NBC – Tucson, AZ
•NBC – Tulsa, OK •NBC – Utica, NY
•NBC – Wichita Falls, TX •NBC – Wilmington, NC
•NBC – Youngstown, OH

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

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