Ventricular Assist Device
The baby of 16 months who two months ago received a special artificial heart, enjoys excellent health. The baby was in serious condition and would not survive while awaiting for a heart transplant. Transplant which then has been carried out successful subsequently.
The intervention, lasted eight hours, was performed in March at the Children’s Hospital “Bambin Gesù” in Rome and for the first time a new device was used, but still in testing phase: a small titanium pump only 11 grams, capable of sustaining a flow rate of 1 liter of blood per minute. In medical jargon it is called Vad, or ‘Ventricular Assist Device’, and is a “temporary” mechanical circulatory support able to maintain a constant cardiac output in a diseased heart unable to perform the pumping function. The unit that had never been used before, has requested a special permit from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Italian Ministry of Health to be used. But, a good new, finally.