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Israeli surgeons implant first permanent artificial ventricle

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:399
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Surgeons who implanted the first permanent artificial left ventricle in a patient are confident that the tiny device will eventually be used in most heart transplantations around the world. The 64 year old patient was terminally ill when he received the implant, having experienced severe heart problems for several months, and he died five days later on 1 August of multiple organ failure. His own heart had been working at only 10% capacity at the time of the implant.

    Dr Jacob Lavee, head of the department of cardiothoracic surgery at the Sheba Hospital, near Tel Aviv, performed …

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