• A-
  • A
  • A+
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 

Indian man ends up with two beating hearts after surgery

Indian man ends up with two beating hearts after surgery

New Delhi, 22 February 2018 (MIA) - A 56-year-old man in India has undergone life-saving cardiac surgery - but ended up with two beating hearts inside his chest.

The man, who suffered from end-stage heart failure, had been admitted to hospital in Hyderabad, for a heart transplant, New Zealand Herald reports.

However, when the heart of a 17-year-old donor became available on February 10, surgeons realised that it was too small for the man's chest.

"The donor heart was of normal fist-size. The recipient's heart was the size of a small football," Dr A.G. Krishna Gokhale said.

The doctors decided to keep the old heart rather than replace it with the much smaller heart.

Instead of a transplant, the man received a new heart to add to his existing one. The new heart has been connected to the diseased heart, which continues to be in its place. Both the hearts beat complementing each other.

"The surgery, heterotopic or piggyback heart transplant, is rare and worldwide only about 150 such procedures have ever been reported," the doctor added.

The patient has recovered well and doctors say he will have to keep a close watch on his hearts for complications. sk/10:02


All Rights Reserved.This material may not be stored, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form, except with the prior express permission of Macedonian Information Agency.



Private jet once owned by Elvis Presley for sale-again

A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has...

Mexicans jubilant over World Cup win trigger earthquake sensors

Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the...

Ewan McGregor to star in The Shining sequel "Doctor Sleep"

Ewan McGregor has been cast as the adult Danny Tor...

Christian Louboutin wins one more legal battle over red soles

The EU Court of Justice has ruled in favor of Chri...

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead at 61

US celebrity chef and television personality Antho...