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Baby Saved By World's Smallest Artificial Heart — Video

Fri, May 25, 2012 5:48pm EDT by 2 Comments
World's Smallest Heart

The life of a 16-month-old baby in Italy was saved after doctors implanted a 11-gram titanium pump that handles blood flow of 1.5 liters a minute. It’s the first operation of this kind in history!

The baby boy was suffering from myocardiopathy, a deadly disease that could destroy the heart muscle and stop it from pumping blood.

The doctors had left the implanted device in the as yet unidentified baby for 13 days when a donor heart was finally found, according to Reuters.

This is the first time that such a small heart has been implanted into a human being.

The operation was performed by doctors at Rome’s Bambino Gesu hospital in March and made it public on May 24.

“The patient was in our intensive care unit since one month of age. So he was a mascot for us, he was one of us,” said Antonio Amodeo, the Italian heart surgeon who conducted the operation to Reuters. “Every day, every hour, for more than one year he was with us. So when we had a problem we couldn’t do anything more than the best, as much as we can. So that’s why we have been pushing so hard to do what has never been done before,”

Check out the video below!