Monday, March 11, 2013

'Grandma Electric', heart-Mounted Battery & Electric to Keep Life

Newcastle, England, Anne Higgs is one of the few people in the world who live with a mechanical heart. To survive, the heart of Anne had always had electricity supply, either from the battery or direct power.

Anne heart could beat on its own. He could still survive today thanks to an electric heart on his chest. My grandmother is 56 years old was so few people in the world who live with a mechanical heart.

"All my friends call me 'grandma's electric." I live by the battery during the day and 240 volt electricity at night, "said Anne Higgs, as reported by the Mirror, Monday (11/03/2013).

Anne has a power cord coming out of his stomach.
Like a cell phone, his heart must be in-charge every night. Before bed he turns off the lamp beside the bed, kissed her husband and to charge yourself.

"I no longer had a pulse. Heart is still in place but the blood can no longer pass through it. Blood must be passed by mechanical means," said Anne, from Newbiggin, Northumberland, England.

When you put a stethoscope on the chest Anne, the doctor heard the heartbeat is not soft, but rather like the sound of twin-tub washing machine. Anne cardiac devices equipped with titanium after suffering a heart attack in March 2009.

Anne was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery to place two stents in his heart. Doctors said Anne need a new heart, so he was put on transplant waiting lists.

A year later he was referred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England, where he met with the advance team, led by Professor Stephan Schueler.

"By the time I get to them, so my condition worsened. I crawl like a dog. I can not breathe, walk or swallow food. Soon as they saw me, they said, 'We want you back (here) in four days for mechanical heart, "he recalls.

Now the woman who runs a sandwich shop this could come back to life. He is still on the transplant list, but at least he can wait without having to suffer.

Professor Norman Williams, of the Royal College Of Surgeons say this is a good example of surgical innovation in the UK, which could save the lives of patients who might otherwise have died before receiving a heart transplant.

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