University of Kentucky Medical Center Transplants State's 1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient
21-Year-Old Zack Poe Receives Donor Heart after Five Months of Life with the Total Artificial Heart(PresseBox) (Tucson, AZ, USA, )
"When we first met Zack, we knew that he was the perfect candidate to receive the Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant," said Dr. Charles Hoopes, director of the UK Transplant Center. "The Total Artificial Heart worked exactly as we had planned, and it allowed Zack to gain back his strength before receiving an appropriate donor heart."
Zack was first diagnosed with heart failure in January, when an echocardiogram revealed that his ejection fraction -- a measurement of how much blood the heart pumps out to the body during each beat -- was less than 10 percent. He was referred to UK Medical Center for advanced treatment options, and about a week and a half after his initial diagnosis, his liver began to fail.
In order to save Zack's life, UK Medical Center completed SynCardia's four-phase certification program in a record 25 days. Zach was implanted with the Total Artificial Heart on Feb. 10. Less than a month later, on March 5, he was discharged from the hospital to wait for a matching donor heart at home with his family using the Freedom® portable driver.
"The transplant team here at UK is second to none, and patients like Zack are living proof," said Dr. Jay Zwischenberger, surgeon-in-chief at UK HealthCare. "The fact that Zack and his family did not have to leave the state for treatment shows the great strides UK HealthCare has made in our ability to provide care for Kentuckians with even the most complex health issues."
Weighing 13.5 pounds, the Freedom portable driver is the world's first wearable power supply for the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart. The Freedom driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S. On April 24, SynCardia completed the minimum enrollment required by the clinical study.