First Person to Have Artificial Heart Leaves Hospital

Stan Larkin, a 24 year old man from Ypsilanti, Michigan is the first person to ever receive an artificial heart transplant according to a story on USA Today online and CNN by reporter Susan McGalla. When Larkin was 16 he discovered that he had arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia which is the cause for an irregular heart rhythm. ARVD is one of the leading causes of death in young adults. Unfortunately for the Larkin family Stan’s younger brother suffers from the same condition.

Stan was implanted with a defibrillator which kept his heart beating in a regular rhythm. Stan reported that one day the defibrillator went off 26 times. When he was admitted to the hospital doctors said his heart was operating at about 15%. What scary news that must be to receive.

Stan is now a proud recipient of a totally artificial heart. The heart is connected to two tubes which run to a 13 pound compressor that Stan carries in a backpack. The compressor works to pulse oxygen into the artificial heart. Stan was allowed to leave the hospital in order to celebrate Christmas with his family. He has even made trips to the mall and plans on attending church and visiting his younger brother in the hospital soon. And as for his younger brother- he also has artificial heart and doctors are hoping he can walk out of the hospital with a portable machine like Stan.