My girlfriend is a cardiac nurse, so when I saw this I was instantly intrigued. How!?
It would be easy to get used to amazing new medical advances, but a story that’s just now getting attention involves an almost miraculous story from almost 8 years ago. Stan Larkin needed a heart transplant in 2014, but there wasn’t a donor for him. To keep him alive, doctors installed a SyncArdia device, a 13-pound artificial heart Larkin wore on his back like a backpack, which kept him alive for 555 days.
Living over a year with an artificial heart in your backpack keeping you alive sounds like science fiction if you’ve never heard of it before, but it was very real to Larkin in 2014. After his transplant in 2016, Larkin said the device “brought my life back,” and doctors at the University of Michigan were amazed, especially when they found out that Larkin had been living a full life, including playing ball with his friends. One doctor said “This wasn’t made for pick-up basketball. Stan pushed the envelope with this technology.”
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