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October 04, 2012

Former firefighter lives without pulse for 6 months

Jakub Halik, a former Czech firefighter is the only man in the world to have two artificial pumps working side by side instead of a heart

ANI

LONDON — A 37-year-old fireman from Czech Republic became the first man to live without a pulse for six months after having his heart removed and replaced by mechanical pumps on April 3.

Jakub Halik has said that he is able to live "like a healthy man."

The fireman became only the second man to undergo the procedure - the first man who underwent the procedure died a month after surgery in Texas last year.

The father-of-one still lives in the hospital and is confined to his wheelchair for much of the day but said that he is lucky to be alive.

Halik is hoping to receive a donor heart and eventually return to the force.

He had to undergo the extraordinary surgery after he was diagnosed with an aggressive tumour growing inside his heart a standard transplant was a no-no for him as the drugs that he would require afterwards cannot be taken by cancer patients, the Daily Mail reported.

So, on April 3 this year his heart was removed in an eight-hour operation led by Czech cardiologist Jan Pirk.

The doctors placed two modified Heartmate 2 pumps inside his body.

"It was hard for me but I didn't have any other chance at all. It was acknowledged that with the tumour I can survive for about one year and I decided to fight and do it this way," Halik said.

However, there is one thing the pumps cannot replicate that is the pulse.

"I don't even realize it, because the functions of the body are the same, only my heart is not beating and I have no pulse anymore," Halik said.

"This is the only difference but otherwise I am functioning like a healthy man at present," he revealed.

Halik must carry a battery that supplies power to the pumps, with him wherever he goes. But he isn't bed-bound.

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Anthony Craig Bowden Anthony Craig Bowden Thursday, October 04, 2012 4:59:41 PM This is so ausome reading this thinkin there will allways be hope somewhere..
Meri B. Kassner Meri B. Kassner Friday, October 05, 2012 5:11:46 AM wow. what a cool concept. sending prayers that he will be able to get a donor heart soon!
Stephaney Lacey Stephaney Lacey Friday, October 05, 2012 2:19:01 PM I wish we had more than one heart, I'd donate to you without a second thought! I'm a registered organ donor and if anything happens to me before you get a heart, I want you to have mine! (You never know what can happen... and before I'm called crazy, NO I am not planning to take my life). You're a blessing!
Brittany Leigh Crandell Brittany Leigh Crandell Friday, October 05, 2012 3:36:18 PM What a wonderful thing. I hope this becomes standard for those who need a heart tx that can't wait.
Melissa Petrucci-Branon Melissa Petrucci-Branon Friday, October 05, 2012 4:05:31 PM Wow, this is crazy! Incredible!
David Ledbetter David Ledbetter Friday, October 05, 2012 4:07:08 PM The movie RepoMen comes to mind...

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