A surgical team at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas successfully performed a heart transplant on a patient they were keeping alive with a total artificial heart, a portable device that pumps blood throughout the body when both sides of the heart fail.
The heart transplant was performed February 29. Weeks earlier, Baylor University Medical Center surgeons had removed the patient’s damaged native heart and replaced it with a total artificial heart. The lifesaving technology is used as a “bridge” for patients who have end-stage biventricular heart failure and are waiting for a donor human heart or who are too sick to receive a transplant. It provides mechanical support until a donor human heart can be found.