Remember When? 1994.
ON AUGUST 26 1994, a man was given the world's first battery-operated heart in a pioneering operation in Britain.
The patient, an unnamed 62-year-old from the south of England, was treated at the world-famous Papworth Hospital Papworth Hospital is a world-famous heart and lung hospital in Cambridgeshire, England. It was home to the first successful heart transplant in the UK and one of the world's first beating-heart transplants. in Cambridgeshire.
He had only months to live when doctors offered him the chance of being a guinea-pig for the new titanium and plastic device, manufactured in America.
Known as the Left Ventricular Assist Device left ventricular assist device Cardiology A mechanical device to ↑ force and volume of blood flowing through the heart. Cf CABG, Jarvik-7. (LVAD) it is not a replacement for the human heart. It is essentially an electrical pump which does most of the work of the pumping chamber of the heart, the left ventricle left ventricle
The chamber on the left side of the heart that receives the arterial blood from the left atrium and contracts to force it into the aorta. .
During the four-hour operation the LVAD was placed in the wall of the man's abdomen and connected to his heart.
The operation was performed by an 11-man team led by top heart surgeons Sir Terence English and John Wallwork.
Sir Terence (pictured) had previously carried out Britain's first successful heart transplant on entertainer Keith Castle in 1979.