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Girl with two hearts recovers

Posted on: Wednesday, 15 July 2009

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Hannah Clark’s own heart is now in perfect working order three-and-a-half years after her “piggy-back” donor heart was removed.
The original operation in 1995 saved Hannah’s life because she had cardiomyopathy – a condition which made her heart double in size and risk giving out within a year.
The donor heart was able to take over most of the role of pumping blood around Hannah’s body, effectively allowing her own beating heart to rest.
I am really excited about starting a job working with animals. I couldn’t do that before because the fur could have affected my chest.

experts were working to perfect a mechanical heart, called a ventricular assist device, that can be used in children temporarily to take over the work of a weak heart while it recovers.

A similar device already exists for adults with heart failure awaiting a donor transplant.

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