Thursday, September 24, 2009
Pioneering heart surgery saves man's life (Greece)
"Surgeons have, for the first time, used a combination of an artificial heart and stem cells to save the life of a dying man. Ioannis Manolopoulos was fitted with the mechanical pump because his heart was too weak to push blood around his body. Surgeons then injected his failing heart muscle with six million of his own stem cells in the hope that they would repair the damage. Speaking exclusively to Sky News, he said he owed the British and Greek surgeons his life. The team was led by British surgeon Professor Stephen Westaby, who has pioneered the use of mechanical pumps in patients suffering from heart failure"