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Heart-Pump Recipient Dies in Pa.

July 27, 2001

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) _ A man who was the first in the United States to receive an experimental heart-assist pump has died, hospital officials said Thursday.

Edmond Dzurishin died Tuesday from complications related to gastrointestinal bleeding, said Dr. Walter Pae, who led the team of surgeons who implanted the heart device March 1.

Dzurishin, 65, lived nearly five months longer than he might have without the device, said Darrell Kirch, chief executive officer at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

``Ed truly was a fighter and survived many setbacks that, without this device, would have brought death. The team is truly saddened by his passing,″ Pae said.

The device, called the Arrow Lionheart Left Ventricular Assist System, gives patients more freedom of movement because it has no lines or cables protruding through the skin to power it.

Penn State University’s Medical School and Arrow International Inc. of Reading developed the device for patients who are too sick to receive transplants.

Six patients in the United States and 13 in Europe have received the device so far in clinical trials, according to Arrow International.

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On the Net:

Arrow International Inc.: http://www.arrowintl.com/

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center: http://www.hmc.psu.edu/

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