Carmat’s artificial heart finds its way to first human patient in France

The “bioprosthetic” artificial heart from Carmat has been implanted in a human being. The procedure was performed on December 18th at France’s Georges Pompidou European Hospital, and the patient is said to be doing well. Carmat says he is currently awake in the intensive care unit and is speaking with family members. According to the company, the operation went “smoothly” and the heart is providing blood flow as expected. It marks the first successful human implant for Carmat, with other trials slated for the future.

Carmat’s innovative artificial heart — which includes sections of cow tissue — initially won approval in Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Poland, and Belgium earlier this year. The company’s home country of France eventually…

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