Patient leaves U-M hospital without a human heart

Earlier this year, the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center sent home a patient with a total artificial heart, a first in heart care in Michigan.

The Freedom Driver, a portable 13-pound device designed to help patients at risk of dying from end-stage biventricular heart failure, allowed 24-year-old Stan Larkin, of Ypsilanti, to spend Christmas at home with family as he waits for a heart transplant.

Larkin was the first to leave a Michigan hospital without a human heart and is part of a unique group of heart patients in the United States who’ve gained independence because of the wearable technology.

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