13 Jun 2016

SEE! Man Lives 555 Days Without a Heart

A 25-year-old Ypsilanti, Michigan, resident identified as Stan Larkin lived 555 days without a human heart while waiting for transplant, reports CNN.

To passers-by, Stan appeared to be a typical young adult. He enjoyed taking his three toddlers to the park and hanging out with his younger brother, Dominique.

What wasn't obvious was that a gray backpack Larkin carried was what kept him alive. Inside that bag was the power source for an artificial heart pumping in his chest. Larkin's real heart was removed from his body in November 2014. It was replaced with a device that allowed Larkin to stay home instead of in a hospital while waiting to receive a transplant.

It finally arrived this year, in May. Now, Larkin is recovering from his procedure at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. He is scheduled to return home as early as next week.

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