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Read why lady carries her heart in a bag!

Based on reports  from Metro UK, Selwa Hussain has become the only second person in Britain to get an artificial heart after a six-hour operation.

It's weird that, a battery-powered pump and electric motor inside the 15lb bag pushes air through tubes to feed plastic chambers in Selwa’s heart .


Which  makes  blood move around her body. The mother of two, from Ilford, east London, was taken to Harefield Hospital, west London, in July after suffering heart failure.

She was too ill for a heart transplant and her husband Al agreed she be given an artificial organ.

Selwa’s damaged  natural heart was removed by surgeons and replaced with an artificial implant and the specialist unit on her back at the hospital, famous across the world for its heart and lung centres. It cost £86,000 ($116,000) to make in the US.


She said:

"I was so ill before and after the surgery that it has taken me all this time to get fit enough to come home,’ Selwa said this week. ‘Harefield have been absolutely magnificent. They came up with a solution that allowed me to stay alive to see the New Year in with my family. For that I am eternally grateful."

Doctors concluded Selwa’s sudden heart failure was caused by a condition called cardiomyopathy that can, in very rare cases, be triggered by pregnancy. The first person in the UK to have been given an artificial heart was a 50-year-old man in 2011.

The surgery was carried out  at Papworth Hospital near St Neots, Cambridgeshire.


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