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Artificial heart saves woman after her heart stops beating for 10 days

By Fang Tian (People's Daily Online)    15:39, September 08, 2017

A 31-year-old young mother with acute myocarditis was saved by a Nanjing-based hospital in eastern China after her heart stopped beating for 10 days, Yangtse Evening Post reported on Sept. 7.

The local hospital in Yancheng, a city near Nanjing, immediately asked for help from Zhongda Hospital in Nanjing, a major hospital that is affiliated with Southeast University, after a young mother surnamed Zhang was diagnosed with acute virus triggered myocarditis.

A moving ICU was rapidly sent to Yancheng, including two physicians specializing in critical care, a head nurse, and key medical equipment.

Zhang’s heart stopped beating upon arrival at midnight, so the medical team placed her on a life support system to try to save her.

Without a heartbeat, the patient received surgery at Zhongda Hospital and her heart started beating again on the 10th day. Now, under good care of the staff, Zhang is getting better, and her heart started beating on its own on the 15th day.

This rare case proves that artificial hearts can save lives.

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