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Man gets artificial heart transplant

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Paris — French biomedical firm Carmat said on Friday it had begun the first human trial of its prototype artificial heart, which aims at overcoming shortages of organs available for transplant.

The operation, which took place on Wednesday at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, “went satisfactorily,” it said in a statement.

The patient, whom it did not name, is in intensive care, “is conscious and speaking to relatives,” Carmat said, adding that it was too early to draw wider conclusions about the operation.

Artificial hearts have been in use for many years as a temporary fix for patients awaiting a transplant. But tens of thousands die each yer because of a lack of available organs.

The Carmat product aims at providing a longer-term solution to bridge the wait, using biological materials and sensors, rather than a pump, to mimick heart contractions.

The company was authorized in September by French health watchdogs to carry out four trials. (AFP)

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