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Archive for Friday, September 14, 2001

Doctors repeat success with artificial heart

September 14, 2001

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— Doctors have followed up the success of the world's first self-contained artificial heart transplant by implanting such a device in a 70-year-old former tire dealer who was resting comfortably after the procedure.

The surgery was conducted Thursday at Jewish Hospital by the same doctors who first implanted the device in Robert Tools on July 2. That procedure, also performed at Jewish Hospital, was considered an overwhelming success as Tools, 59, continues to improve.

Hospital spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic identified the second recipient as Tom Christerson, 70, of Central City, Ky., but no details about his medical history were released. The hospital asked reporters and the public to "respect the privacy of the patient and his family."

University of Louisville Dr. Laman Gray Jr., who performed the surgeries along with Dr. Robert Dowling, told The Courier-Journal of Louisville that unlike Tools, Christerson had never had a previous heart surgery. Christerson does suffer from kidney problems, the paper reported.

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