Italian doctors give teenager artificial heart: hospital

Doctors in Italy implanted an artificial heart into a 15-year-old boy on Saturday, the first time the procedure has been performed on a child, the hospital said.

Heart surgeons at Rome's Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital carried out the 10-hour breakthrough operation on Thursday, and the hospital said it was "cautious" over the boy's condition.

"A permanent artificial heart in the inside of the chest was implanted for the first time on an (adolescent) patient. So far this type of implant has only taken place on adults," said the hospital in a statement.

Artificial hearts are usually used on a temporary basis for patients awaiting a suitable human transplant, but the boy suffered from an illness that made a long wait impossible.

The artificial heart is four centimetres (1.6 inches) wide and weighs 400 grammes (14 ounces), and special measures were taken to reduce the risk of infection.

"The risk of infection represents the primary cause of failure of alternative solutions attempted to date worldwide," said the hospital.

The procedure "opened new therapeutic perspectives and hope for life for all patients with cardiac illnesses for whom a transplant is needed, especially for those like Thursday's patient who cannot receive a donated heart for clinical reasons," the statement said.

(c) 2010 AFP

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Oct 02, 2010
Can they give some real details, like how is the heart powered and how long is it expected to last?

is this dude like the "bionic boy" now? Is he going to be able to run a 40 in 4.2? Or is he barely alive?

Details matter. This wasn't even an artile. this was like a tweet or a sound-byte.

Oct 02, 2010
Yes, it is such a piece of ...y news! Look at the title for example, "Italian doctors give teenager artificial heart: hospital". What the f...?! Who or what is hospital?!

Oct 02, 2010
And since this news is all over the media, you can tell it is the first time the permanent heart is being implanted, rather a temporary one. But the first paragraph gives you the impression that the unusual thing about the surgery is the age of the boy!

Oct 02, 2010
BTW, how do you people typically "rate the story", by how big the news is or by how it is delivered? I typically go with the first option, but this story makes me rate it by how the news is delivered.

Oct 02, 2010
BTW, how do you people typically "rate the story", by how big the news is or by how it is delivered? I typically go with the first option, but this story makes me rate it by how the news is delivered.


I usually rate the article by how big the news is, unless it's a particularly badly written article.

Even then, I might give it a good rating, and then just complain about it in the comment thread.

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