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September 1, 2010

Charles Okeke, 43-year-old man Phoenix, Arizona, United States, never expecting to become the first person to hold a "man had an artificial heart."
Degree that has been assumed in the past two years, he got after his body rejected the transplanted heart of existence to him, since he was 30 years old. Since then, Okeke lives depend on machines weighing 181 kg.

For about two years, he must live at the Mayo Clinic Hospital Phoenix, because it must always be close to the engine size of a washing machine, which serves the blood supply to the entire body.
Fortunately, medical device company SynCardia successfully created the world's smallest artificial heart, called Total Artificial Heart. Government agencies the field of food and medicine has just approved the use of this tool, and Okeke be the first to use portable devices, can be taken anywhere, weighing approximately 6 kg of it.
The size of this artificial heart could be much smaller than previous devices because it uses sensors are also shrinking. "These sensors are used to large-sized cans of soup, now of only one quarter. This allows us to reduce the size of the console, "said Steven Langford of SynCardia.

Portable artificial heart SynCardia was sold for U.S. $ 125,000 with maintenance fees of U.S. $ 18,000 per year. Powered by a battery, and equipped with four valves, this tool replaces the role of the ventricles of the heart to pump blood to other organs like liver, or kidneys.

 Thanks to the total artificial heart, Okeke could now leave the hospital and back home he had left for two years. He can move more freely, because artificial heart he could now carry everywhere in his backpack.

"Now I was a happy man, as you see today. I can sleep in my own bed after two years in a hospital bed, "." Okeke said.Okeke still need to train hard to maintain his fitness, while still waiting for a heart from a donor, to be transplanted back into the body. But as long as he has not found the right heart, the doctors allow it to use a portable artificial heart is, until the time is not unlimited.  

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