A man who had heart failure has become the first person in Britain to be allowed to go home with an artificial heart, the British newspaper "The Guardian" reported.
Matthew Green, 40, can now go home thanks to his new heart and a superstar team of doctors at Papworth Hospital, the largest cardiothoracic hospital in the United Kingdom. The transplant team was led by Dr. Steven Tsui, who trained before performing the operation, and assisted by Dr. Latif Arusoglu, a transplant surgeon with previous experience in this area.
The temporary Total Artificial Heart is manufactured by SynCardia, a company based in Tucson, Arizona. According to the company website, the artificial heart is "approved as a bridge to human heart transplant for people dying from end-stage biventricular failure." If Green takes care of it properly, the heart should last up to three years.
Before his heart trauma began, Green, a scientist for a pharmaceutical company, enjoyed an active life. "Two years ago I was cycling nine miles to work and nine miles back every day but by the time I was admitted to hospital I was struggling to walk even a few yards," he said.
Green needs to recover, so he won't be getting back to work any time soon. In the meantime, though, he plans to enjoy being at home with his wife, Gill, and son, Dylan. He wants to do every day things, such as playing with Dylan in the garden and cooking for his family.
"My movement will still be limited but at least I can return home to be with my family. That means the world to me," he said.