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76-year-old man with first artificial heart dies after 75 days

Published on Mar 4, 2014 5:47 AM
An employee of the French company Carmat inspecting an artificial heart in Velizy, a Paris suburb, on Sept 24, 2009. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A septuagenarian man who was fitted with the French biomedical firm Carmat's first artificial heart two and half months ago has died, a hospital statement said on Monday.

"Seventy-five days after the implant of the first Carmat artificial heart bioprosthesis in a 76-year-old man with a terminal heart disease, the patient died on March 2, 2014," the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital said.

Artificial hearts have already been in use for many years as a temporary fix for patients with chronic heart problems.

The Carmat product aims to provide a longer-term solution to bridge the wait for a donor heart and enable hospitalised patients to return home and maybe even resume work.

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