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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2004
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Linda McGinity Jackson,
Vice President of Public Relations,
or Mary Jennings, Manager
502-587-4230

JEWISH HOSPITAL/UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE TEAM IMPLANTS ABIOCOR

(LOUISVILLE)
A patient received an AbioCor® Implantable Replacement Heart through the efforts of a Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville team led by surgeons Laman Gray, M.D., and Rob Dowling, M.D. The procedure took place May 3, 2004, and lasted about 7 hours. The patient is currently in critical but stable condition. At the request of the patient’s family, the patient’s name and other details are not being released.

Jewish Hospital officials and the physicians who performed the procedure will not be available for further comment at this time. Updates will be provided as significant changes in the patient’s condition occur and at the request of the family.

This the sixth Jewish Hospital patient to be implanted with an AbioCor heart and the 13th person in the United States to receive an implant.

The experimental procedure is the result of some 20 years of product research and development by ABIOMED, Inc., of Danvers, Mass. Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville surgeons Gray and Dowling began working with the company about five years ago. During the years leading up to the human implants, the device was validated in FDA approved animal trials. A team of nurses, perfusionists, physician assistants, anesthesiologists and other support staff also worked in the development of the device to learn how to care for patients.

Patients who are eligible to receive an AbioCor device have a high probability of dying within 30 days without the device. They are not candidates for other treatments, such as a heart transplants.

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