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  • Highest bridge to human heart transplant rate of any approved heart device, 79%
  • Over 1,350 implants account for nearly 400 patient years on the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

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Never-before Published Photos: 30 Years Ago Michael Drummond Became the 1st Heart Failure Patient to be Successfully Bridged to a Donor Heart Transplant
A successful bridge to a donor heart transplant (BTT) 30 years ago revolutionized the treatment of end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart failure when Michael Drummond received a Total Artificial Heart implant—a direct predecessor of the modern SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t). The initial five implants of the Total Artificial Heart were for permanent use. This was...
Sep 4, 2015 4:00 PM ET
What Makes a Donor Heart Available for Transplant Was Almost a ‘Deal Breaker’ for Pastor Who Needed One to Save His Life
Jim LaFontaine tries to live a life worthy of the person who donated the heart that gave the Essex, Massachusetts resident a second chance at life after he received a SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart implant that bridged him to that donor heart. LaFontaine, 57, admits that while waiting for that matching donor heart, he struggled with the concept of receiving one.  “It...
Aug 28, 2015 1:05 PM ET
What Makes a Donor Heart Available for Transplant Was Almost a ‘Deal Breaker’ for Pastor Who Needed One to Save His Life
Jim LaFontaine tries to live a life worthy of the person who donated the heart that gave the Essex, Massachusetts resident a second chance at life after he received a SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart implant that bridged him to that donor heart. LaFontaine, 57, admits that while waiting for...
Aug 25, 2015 1:00 PM ET
1st U.S. Patient Discharged from the Hospital without a Human Heart Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Going Home with the Freedom® Portable Driver
April 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Nearly five years ago, on May 3, 2010, Charles Okeke became the first United States patient to be discharged from the hospital without a human heart when he walked out of an Arizona heart center. Since 2010, the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart powered by the Freedom® portable driver has...
Apr 23, 2015 2:00 PM ET
Younger of 2 Brothers on the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Gets a Donor Heart Transplant
Brothers Stan and Dominique Larkin both received the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart to save them from life-threatening genetic heart disease. One is home with his donor heart; the other is home with his SynCardia Heart waiting for his donor heart.
Mar 3, 2015 10:15 AM ET

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