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Woman Carries Her Heart In Backpack As Shes Too Ill For Organ Transplant

Woman Carries Her Heart In Backpack As Shes Too Ill For Organ Transplant

NEWS, Women's health
A British mother has had a life-changing operation so radical, she now effectively carries her heart in a backpack. Selwa Hussain, 39, has become the second-ever person in Britain to be given an artificial heart after a six-hour operation. A battery-powered pump and electric motor inside the 6.8kg bag pushes air through tubes to feed plastic chambers in Selwa’s chest.This pushes blood around her body. The mum-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 diseased natural heart was removed by surgeons and replaced with an artificial implant and the specialist unit on her back at the hospital, famous across