AbioCor Patient Experiences Minor
Complication was anticipated by physicians
(Louisville, KY) - The University of Louisville physicians
who implanted the world's first self-contained replacement heart
at Jewish Hospital on July 2 today announced that the patient has
experienced an "anticipated" setback.
Dr. Laman Gray explained that the patient, who had
been feeling well enough to take walks through the hospital and
joke with staff, was returned to temporary ventilator support last
Thursday to assist in the clearing of secretions that had built
up in his lungs.
"We see this type of infection relatively frequently
in VAD patients," Gray explained. "We planned for complications
of this nature and are treating the patient accordingly."
Dr. Gray further explained that the patient has developed
a lung infection and was running a fever, but was being treated
with antibiotics. The patient's previously announced intestinal
bleeding continues to be an issue in his care; however the patient
is responding well to low doses of anti-clotting medications.
The clinical team is still concerned about the patient's
nourishment, and he continues to receive between 2000 and 3000 calories
Even with the complications, the patient continues
to improve in other areas. "His kidney function has returned
to almost normal," Gray continued. "This is the first
time in years that his kidneys have been near the normal range."
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