First Ukrainian with Artificial Heart: Patient feels good after surgery

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14.07.2016
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Pavlo Doroshko is the first Ukrainian given a mechanical heart. A day after the last stitch was done on his chest the patient feels good.

Pavlo jokes he is a robot now, because his newly transplanted organ works from electrical supply. Pavlo has a piece of cable cord sticking out of his left side.

Both in the USA and Europe an artificial heart is considered to be a step towards heart transplantation. As a rule, the patients are transplanted the real organ in a year or two after having lived with its artificial substitute.

Due to imperfect legislation Ukrainians do not have a single chance to find a donor. According to the official statistics, in 16 years there have been just five people lucky to get their hearts transplanted.

The director of the Heart Centre Borys Todurov expects this operation will encourage the deputies to pass the corresponding law. In Belarus, he says, the law implies the presumption of tacit consent of a person to give one's organs for transplantation in case they suit the recipient. Todurov adds the Ukrainians invest millions of U.S. dollars in Belarusian medicine, since Ukrainian doctors have neither right nor money to conduct similar surgeries.

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