The organ was replaced by two bombs without heart valves. A sends the blood through the aorta and the other to the lungs.
The Czech Jakub Halik is the first man in the world to survive nearly four months without a heart, after his was removed to be replaced by two bombs without heart valves that do not produce beats and tender.
The patient, a firefighter for 37 years, had a malignant tumor in the heart, and the only alternative was offered instead of an immediate transplant was the implantation of the pumps, one that sends the blood through the aorta, and the other to the lungs.
“It is contraindicated when a transplant in a malignant heart”, because the drugs to prevent rejection of a foreign organ support tumor cell process, explained Jan Pirk, the cardiologist who performed the surgery.
Halik had surgery last March 3 in a speech that lasted more than seven hours.
Before him, this new technique was practiced only a man from Texas (USA), who however died shortly afterwards.
The medical team will consider the operation successful “if the tumor spreads and if the patient survives until you do a heart transplant,” said Pirk.