WORLD'S SECOND ABIOCOR IMPLANT
LOUISVILLE MEDICAL TEAM
Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville
team confirms surgery
(Louisville, Ky.) - The University of Louisville
surgeons who implanted the world's first totally implantable heart
at Jewish Hospital on July 2 announced today that they performed
the second such surgery today. Drs. Laman Gray and Rob Dowling report
that the patient, a male in his 70s, is recovering in the intensive
care unit and is resting comfortably.
The clinical team requests that members of the media
and general public respect the privacy of this patient and his family.
Additional information will be available as the clinical
team and patient family feel it is appropriate. The medical team
is devoting their time to patient care, their families and mourning
over the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Given the circumstances,
no current plans have been made regarding news conferences or briefings.
Jewish Hospital is among the top ten cardiac
centers in the United States and, along with the University of Louisville,
is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research and education.
University of Louisville surgeons at Jewish Hospital have performed
many heart care "firsts," including Kentucky's first heart
transplant, the world's first heart transplant following the use
of a Thoratec bi-ventricular assist device, the world's first endoscopic
saphenous vein harvest and the first ventricular remodeling in the
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