LOUISVILLE SURGEONS SAY ARTIFICIAL
HEART PATIENT STILL DOING WELL
News briefing planned for August 1, 2 p.m. (EDT)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville surgeons
who implanted the first AbioCor Implantable Replacement Heart in
a diabetic man in his 50s at Jewish Hospital, July 2, announced
today that the patient continues to recover ahead of expectations.
According to Drs. Laman Gray and Robert Dowling, the
patient has been strong enough to travel by wheelchair outside of
his hospital room, stand and walk with assistance for short distances
and write notes to his family, clinical team and friends. His kidney
and liver functions remain stable and his lungs remain clear. The
patient remains off the ventilator and able to talk during his waking
hours. He has had intermittent stomach bleeding from gastritis with
The patient and his family have expressed to the physicians
their continued desire for privacy, and again extend their thanks
to well-wishers from all over the world. The family has stated to
the clinical team their wishes to hold the "quiet period"
for as long as possible. Their hope is to protect their privacy
and to spare future AbioCor patients the perceived expectation to
identify themselves, before they are ready to handle the inevitable
attention that will accompany such an announcement.
At the appropriate time, the patient has stated that
he will be pleased to share his experience with the media. Now,
he is focusing on rebuilding his strength during the recovery process.
Dr. Dowling will hold a press briefing Wednesday,
August 1, at 2 p.m. (EDT), at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center Conference
Center on the Jewish Hospital campus, 201 Abraham Flexner Way. He
will provide an update on the patient's condition and the clinical
events that have occurred since the surgery.
The news conference will be up-linked live via satellite
coordinates Ku-Band SBS 6, Transponder 7, Horizontal Frequency 11872
MHZ, 74 degrees West. The audio frequency is 6.20/6.80. The signal
will be available from 2-3 p.m. (EDT), Wednesday, August 1.
The news conference will also be web cast at www.heartpioneers.com
Media representatives can also call (reference Jewish Hospital or
AbioCor) 1-800-937-6563, or 1-801-983-4013 for international callers,
to listen to the press conference and ask questions following the
press conference. For future reference, the press conference will
be archived on www.heartpioneers.com and www.jewishhospital.org.
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