Medical Miracles

Mechanical hearts and the heart valve assist device

For decades the world that has focused on organ donor heart transplants as the only solution for a failing heart. Organ donor heart transplant lists are long and patients with heart disease often have no time to wait. In addition organ heart donations have dropped over the years and the numbers are declining every year. Yet heart disease is on the rise.

But Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Willie Koen knows the solution to this, the groundbreaking research that has resulted in this golf ball size mechanical heart device, the Heartware Valve Assist Device (HVAD). It is a small mechanism that is implanted into the patient and serves as a pump for the left heart ventricle.

Pat Featherstone spent six months in ICU with little hope of surviving, until she discovered the HVAD solution. Dr. Koen implanted this lifesaving device at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, and within months Pat was back up and running around. She says now she lives an even fuller and more active life than ever.

Click below to hear journalist Barbara Friedman telling the story...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Mechanical heart device saves a ten-year-old boy

Mechanical heart device saves a ten-year-old boy

Philasande Dladla, the first child on the continent to undergo a lifesaving operation, receiving a Heartware Valve Assist Device.

Fibroid embolisation to save lives of millions of South Africa women!

Fibroid embolisation to save lives of millions of South Africa women!

Hear about a truly groundbreaking - and life changing - treatment that kills fibroids, with minimal invasion.

Life saving bone marrow transplants

Life saving bone marrow transplants

How SA's Bone Marrow Registry's ‘military style’ operation gets bone marrow from donor to patient in the crucial 72 hour window.

 Affordable IVF fertility treatment and healthy babies for HIV positive couples

Affordable IVF fertility treatment and healthy babies for HIV positive couples

How the Gynecology and Obstetrics unit at Tygerberg Hospital is offering affordable IVF to couples.

The world's first penile transplant successfully carried out in SA

The world's first penile transplant successfully carried out in SA

The partner of a young man who received the first donor penis soon fell pregnant and their got their first child.

How robotic surgery is being used to cure prostate cancer

How robotic surgery is being used to cure prostate cancer

Learn about a groundbreaking procedure from the Cape giving prostate cancer sufferers renewed hope.

Popular articles
You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a forensic analysis of the Russia-based app. Check it out.

Woolworths (at R40 a cup!) makes the best takeaway hot chocolate in South Africa

Woolworths (at R40 a cup!) makes the best takeaway hot chocolate in South Africa

Seattle Coffee Company has the worst takeaway hot chocolate in the country, according to, uhm, "research" by Chaos Theory.

Old Mutual and Trevor Manuel are victimising Peter Moyo - Advocate Dali Mpofu

Old Mutual and Trevor Manuel are victimising Peter Moyo - Advocate Dali Mpofu

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews TJ Strydom, a journalist at Business Day and author of Christo Wiese’s biography.

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

South Africans are increasingly buying cars they can’t afford using balloon payments, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Need a loan to grow your small business? There’s a pot of money waiting

Need a loan to grow your small business? There’s a pot of money waiting

Spartan SME Finance provides finance for small businesses. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO, Kumaran Padayachee.

The rand isn't weak. It's the dollar that's strong. But it won't stay that way

The rand isn't weak. It's the dollar that's strong. But it won't stay that way

The rand is trading at fair value. It’s the US dollar that's overvalued. Bruce Whitfield interviews George Glynos (ETM Analytics).

[2018] Jesse Clegg (son of Johnny) opens up about money and growing up on tour

[2018] Jesse Clegg (son of Johnny) opens up about money and growing up on tour

[From the archives] Jesse Clegg talks about his famous father and attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures...).

Public Protector has now become a "rogue unit", says Judge Kriegler

Public Protector has now become a "rogue unit", says Judge Kriegler

Busisiwe Mkhwebane is reportedly probing President Cyril Ramaphosa for alleged money laundering to the tune of R400m.