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How to Live Without a Heart: The Case of Jakub Halik

How to Live Without a Heart: The Case of Jakub Halik

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Czech firefighter Jarub Halik, 37, had his heart removed about six months ago due to an aggressive tumor. Instead of his heart, he now has two mechanical pumps that keep the blood flow going. Other than being confined to a wheel chair, it appears that he’s back to normal; except for one little thing.

“I have no pulse anymore,” Jarub Halik said to Reuters. “This is the only difference but otherwise I am functioning like a healthy man at present.”

The usual procedure would have been to undergo a standard heart transplant, but Halik, as a cancer patient, couldn’t take the drugs which are necessary for recovery. With the tumor, he was given a year to live, while with this artificial heart the period is uncertain.

“Experience confirms that the lifetime of [artificial] pumps is 5 or 10 years,” said Dr Ivan Netuka, of the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) in Prague, where the operation took place. “But from a biological viewpoint, it’s hard to answer the question.”

Now Halik waits for a standard heart transplant and hopes, at some point, to be able to be back at work.

Source: The Huffington Post

Photo via Planetaurbe TV

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