Artificial Heart Implantation

Photograph by Robert Clark

Artificial heart implantation at the Berlin Heart Institute: Deft hands work to save the life of a critically ill cardiac patient at Germany’s Berlin Heart Institute. Doctors replaced the 62-year-old man's unhealthy heart with a CardioWest artificial heart during a four-hour procedure. The polyurethane heart—a temporary fix—will keep him alive until a well-matched human heart becomes available.