Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dad with no heart dies of liver failure

A father-of-one who survived for more than six months without a real heart has died at the age of 37.

Jakub Halik had his heart replaced with two mechanical pumps in pioneering surgery last April after an aggressive cancerous tumour was found.

Doctors in Prague say his death was caused by liver failure, not the artificial heart itself.

Mr Halik, a former firefighter, was on the transplant list.

Despite not having a pulse and always having to carry a battery pack to power his mechanical heart, Mr Halik was able to walk around and even use the hospital gym.

The radical surgery had only ever been tried on one other patient, a man in Texas, who survived for just a week.

Irish Independent

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