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2nd Heart Recipient on Ventilator

October 6, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The world’s second recipient of a self-contained artificial heart is back on a ventilator, hospital officials said Friday.

Tom Christerson, 70, of Central City, Ky., received the softball-sized pump at Jewish Hospital on Sept. 13. Robert Tools, 59, of Franklin, Ky., became the first recipient at the same hospital on July 2.

``Mr. Christerson has actually needed much less time on ventilator support than did Mr. Tools, but this week he has needed the ventilator to rest his body for its ongoing recovery.″ Dr. Laman Gray Jr. said. ``We anticipate removing him from ventilator support in the next few days.″

Tools continues to take trips outside the hospital. ``Bob is doing just great,″ Dr. Robert Dowling said.

Both men received the AbioCor, a plastic and titanium device powered through the skin by an external battery pack.

A third patient received the device, made by Danvers, Mass.-based AbioMed, on Sept. 26 in Houston.


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