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Baby gets artificial heart support

THE CHILDREN’S Heart Centre in Bratislava has announced that Slovak surgeons have implanted “a long-term mechanical support for the heart” in an 8-month-old child. Pavol Kunovský, the head of the Slovak Children’s Heart Centre told SITA newswire on July 3 that it is the first time such an operation has been performed in Slovakia on a child less than a year old.

THE CHILDREN’S Heart Centre in Bratislava has announced that Slovak surgeons have implanted “a long-term mechanical support for the heart” in an 8-month-old child. Pavol Kunovský, the head of the Slovak Children’s Heart Centre told SITA newswire on July 3 that it is the first time such an operation has been performed in Slovakia on a child less than a year old.

During the surgery, doctors implanted a long-term out-of-body support to the child’s left ventricle. The operation will enable the child to survive while waiting for a heart transplant.


Worldwide, this operation is performed about 25 times a year on children under a year, but never before in this region.

Kunovský added that the support is currently working with no problems and the baby is doing well.


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