A 25- year old Michigan man survived to live for almost a year with only a portable artificial heart, while waiting for his human heart transplant.
Stan Larkin, appeared to be a typical young adult to his neighborhood, but the latter didn’t know that the gray backpack he carried for certain times was what kept him alive. The bag carries the power source of the artificial heart which pumps his chest.
According to CNN report, Larkin’s heart was removed from his body in November 2014. It was replaced by a device that permits the patient to stay home instead in a hospital while waiting for his surgery.
After an almost a year of waiting, Larkin undergone a transplant at University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center and now in his recovering stage.
Larkin discovered his condition nine years ago, when he collapsed in his basketball game, based on his medical records he had a genetic form of heart disease called familial cardiomyopathy.
His brother, Dominique Larkin, 24, also has the same conditions, experts said the disease occurs when heart muscle stretches and enlarges the at least one heart chamber, that inhibits the organ to pump blood efficiently.
Meanwhile, according to US Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, there are about 4,000 patients nationwide are waiting for heart transplant.
Dr. Billy Cohn, cardiovascular surgeon and director of Center for and Innovation at Texas Heart Institute, said the process of waiting takes months and even a year before finding a suitable heart donors for the surgery.