Miracle! Meet the Man Who Has Lived For 555 Days Without a Heart in His Body


Without a heart to pump oxygenated blood around the body, you die pretty quickly, however, one 25-year-old man has proved that it's possible to live over a year while literally heartless.
 
According to Mirror UK, Stan Larkin went a massive 555 days wearing an "artificial heart" backpack, which filled in after his ticker was removed while he awaited a transplant donor.
 
Both he and his brother Dominique were diagnosed with familial cardiomyopathy as teenagers – a terrible condition where your heart can fail without warning.
 
Both siblings were on the transplant list for several years, and eventually had their hearts removed to make way for healthy donor ones.
 
For the duration of the wait, both brothers were fitted with a 13.5 pound backpack that connects directly to the cardiovascular system and takes over where the heart leaves off.
 
While implantable defibrillators and similar technology can assist with partial heart failure, this device – known as Syncardia – is designed to be used when both sides of the heart fail.
 
While Dominique only needed the device for a couple of weeks, Stan was plugged into his 24 hours per day for 555 days, finally receiving a full transplant on 9 May 2016.
 
Despite what Larkin describes as an “emotional rollercoaster”, he is now back to full health. “I got the transplant two weeks ago and I feel like I could take a jog as we speak.
 
"I want to thank the donor who gave themselves for me. I'd like to meet their family one day. Hopefully they'd want to meet me,” he said .
 

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