Don't go breaking my $75,000 plastic heart

2019-03-06 14:07:01

By Eugenie Samuel THE first self-contained artificial heart has been given to a man in the US. Its makers hope the device will help make up for the enormous shortfall in donor organs. Unlike previous devices powered by wires penetrating the skin, the heart, along with a battery and controller, fits entirely inside the body. The battery only lasts for 40 minutes, but it can be recharged through the skin using induction. “Our aim was that you’d be able to line recipients up with other people and see no external difference,” says Ed Berger, vice-president of Abiomed of Massachusetts,