The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) has announced that a team of its #surgeons
had successfully implanted the Left Ventricular Assist Device (#LVAD
), commonly known as a ‘mechanical pump’, in the chest of an elderly woman patient whose heart desperately needed mechanical support to properly pump blood into her body.
NICVD executive director Prof Nadeem Qamar and US-returned transplant surgeon Dr Pervaiz Chaudhry, who led the surgery, claimed they had slotted in an #artificialheart
into the chest of the patient.
The NICVD officials said the surgery was the first of its kind in #Pakistan
— both in public and private sector hospitals. LVAD #implant
costs more than Rs10 million, while “not a single penny was received from the patient’s family for the expensive surgery”.