An Ohio man has died of multiple organ failure 101 days after receiving an AbioCor implantable replacement heart at Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky., officials said. The patient, Keith Blakeley, a World War II veteran from North Star, Ohio, died Thursday on the eve of his 80th birthday. He underwent six hours of surgery Jan. 7 to implant the self-contained mechanical heart. A grapefruit-sized device, the AbioCor replacement heart, designed for patients with end-stage heart failure who have a 70% chance of death within 30 days, has been implanted in 10 patients. Nine, including Blakeley, have died. The patient who remains alive underwent surgery Feb. 24 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston. -- by Michael Romano
AbioCor recipient dies after 101 days on device
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