Before Stan Larkin received a new heart via transplant, the 25-year-old “wore” an artificial one in a backpack for 555 day after his actual heart had been removed. “They were both very, very ill when we first met them in our intensive care units,” said the surgeon behind the transplant, Jonathan Haft, from the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Centre. “We wanted to get them heart transplants, but we didn’t think we had enough time. There’s just something about their unique anatomic situation where other technology wasn’t going to work.” Diagnosed with familial cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition that’s known to cause heart…

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