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World's Smallest Artificial Heart Saves 16-Month-Old Boy!

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Small Artificial Heart

Science. Is. Amazing.

Seriously, science is to thank now that the world's smallest artificial heart is saving a 16 month old boy!

That was only a temporary solution, however, as they did it until they were able to find a donor heart for transplant.

And they found one — 13 days later!

It was actually carried out last month and made public just this week.

The poor little baby was suffering from dilated myocardiopathy — a heart muscle disease which normally causes stretched or enlarged fibres of the heart — and the disease gradually makes the heart weaker, stopping its ability to pump blood effectively.

This new artificial heart had only been tested on animals before, and the team needed special permission to go ahead with the procedure.

But, the baby was in good hands — they felt like he was a part of their family. In and out of surgeries and in ICU for months, they had grown to love this child like their own. So they brought their best, and their best was successful!

We are so happy about all this!

Congrats, team!

[Image via Alessandro Bianchi/REUTERS.]

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