More than 3-thousand people are on the waiting list
for a heart transplant any given day .
but only 22-hundred donor hearts are available every
For those still on the waiting list .
an artificial heart may be their best chance for survival.
Martie Salt explains.
FIFTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD BRYAN TYO TIE-oh LISTENS TO HIS
DONOR HEART AND SMILES.
LESS THAN A YEAR AGO, HE HAD A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK
HIS HEART WAS BEYOND REPAIR, BUT HE WAS A GOOD CANDIDATE
FOR A TOTAL ARTIFICIAL HEART, A PROCEDURE USED FEWER
THAN 50 TIMES A YEAR AS A BRIDGE TO A HEART TRANSPLANT.
Not only bought me the time, but probably saved my
life, the technology did.
They didn't have another option other than take out
his heart, put in an artificial heart and then as
soon as he got strong enough do a donor, so definitely
You're essentially removing both pumping chambers
of the heart, the right ventricle and the left ventricle
and replacing it with this machine that is attached
to the remaining top chambers of the heart.
BRYAN WAITED SIX WEEKS FOR A DONOR HEART, CARRYING
HIS ARTIFICIAL HEART AROUND IN A BATTERY POWERED BACKPACK.
The waiting was the hardest part, and the reason for
that is in order for me to get a heart, someone else
was going to lose their life.
And that was hard.
BRYAN WAITED SIX WEEKS AND FINALLY, HE GOT THE CALL
THAT A DONOR HEART WAS AVAILABLE.
THE TRANSPLANT OPERATION WAS A SUCCESS.
How do you qualify the significance of a life? For
him it was everything.
For his wife, it was everything.
For our team it was everything.
It's the gift of life, organ donation is.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.