Thursday, May 30, 2013
The First Implantation of an Artificial Heart in Mexico and Latin America.
Mr. Salvador Perez received his new heart at Mexico City's Hospital de Cardiología, which forms part of the Centro Medico Nacional Siglo XXI complex.
The complex is run under the public Mexican Social Security Institute, a government sponsored health care program.
The patient had been diagnosed with cardiomyophaty insquemia 15 years ago, and his health had been deteriorating since.
Thanks to the implant, the retired engineer, who is affectionately called “Ironman” by his grandchildren, is now living a regular life.
His new artificial heart has a six-hour life and the battery that powers it has to be recharged.
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Robert Ervin is a freelancer who writes about healthcare, medical tourism, and living in Mexico.
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