Heart problems treated with innovative cardiovascular pump

A British resident with heart problems has been saved on the operating table by an innovative heart pump inspired by technology developed by the US space agency NASA.

Surgeons at Scotland's Golden Jubilee National Hospital used a specially designed Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) to keep Heather McIntyre alive on the operating table.

The VAD uses tiny motors to pump blood around the body while the heart is being repaired.

The resident of Airdrie, Scotland, said: "My mum was told, 'She's having to go surgery right now, she's already died a couple of times'."

"My heart stopped beating and the surgeon told them there was a five per cent chance of survival."

But surgeons used the innovative technology to keep her other organs functioning while they massaged the heart.

The work of the surgeons was commended by Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon, who said heart transplants are a vital part of Scottish healthcare.

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