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First Total Artificial Heart Patient in Gulf South
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CBS Baton Rouge
Ochsner Medical Center

April 29, 2013 - A steady clicking rhythm coming from the machine attached to his chest is the sound of life pumping through the veins of 41-year-old Alfred Williams.

Williams, a truck driver from Baton Rouge, received the first Total Artificial Heart transplant in the Gulf-South Region after his own heart failed. The father of five was behind the wheel when he says he felt odd and had trouble breathing. He pulled over and called 911.

It turns out Williams had an enlarged heart. He needed a transplant, but his chance of surviving long enough to receive one was slim. However, doctors at Ochsner had another option: A Total Artificial Heart transplant.

 

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