Portugal’s first implant of ‘definitive artificial heart’ deemed “a success”

A cardio team at Lisbon’s Santa Marta hospital stepped quietly into the record books on Monday after successfully implanting a ‘definitive artificial heart’ into the chest cavity of a 65-year-old patient who suffers from a serious kidney disorder. The patient’s renal history “impeded a transplant using a donor heart”, explains Público, adding that the cardio team was led by doctor José Fragata.

Health minister Adalberto Campos Ferreira announced the coup early this morning at a health conference in Lisbon which was due to be followed by a press conference to answer questions on the pioneering transplant and what it means for the modernisation of cardio-treatment in general in Portugal.