World's smallest artificial heart saves a baby
The little patient has been fighting for his life since the first month. Before the implant, the child had a mechanical pump and was suffering from an infection around the device. "From a surgical point of view, this was not really difficult. The only difficulty that we met is that the child was operated on several times before," Amodeo said. Doctors said the device, invented by American Doctor Robert Jarvik, had been previously tested only on animals.The hospital needed special permission from Jarvik and the Italian health ministry before conducting the surgery. "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 our best," he said.Doctors are convinced that the success of the operation could lead to the artificial heart becoming a permanent transplant option in the future. “This is a milestone because it can be possible now to have permanent implantable devices," Amodeo said.