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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014

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KDKA-TV: Pittsburgh hospital begins heart pump trial

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Because hearts are in short supply, 52-year-old Robert Davis needed another option while waiting for a transplant to replace his own heart, which was failing with dead muscle. 

He didn't want to miss his 14-year-old daughter growing up.

"I want to be there when she graduates, and I want to walk her down the aisle when she gets married," says Davis.

Being tired and short of breath kept him from living a normal life.

"I had to take medication for about a year. I mean it helped out some, but then I started having problems again. I took, like, 40 pills a day to stay alive."

The waiting time for a heart can be anywhere from six to 18 months. Davis' heart was so bad, he couldn't wait. He entered a clinical trial and got the experimental left ventricular heart system.

"So when they come up and said, 'Hey, this is a chance, let's go for it.'"

Once the study has 140 patients, the participants will be followed with the hope the pumps get them to transplant.

"Really it gives them a better quality of life, because they are no longer hospital bound and bedbound and housebound," Dr. Murali explains.
To read more, visit KDKA-TV's web site.

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