The feasability of wearable artificial organs may soon become the norm: a man survived for over a year using an artificial heart in a backpack. Meanwhile, clinical trials are underway for wearable kidneys on a belt.
At the time, no one knew how much he'd be able to do with it. The portable device comes in the form of a 6-kg (13.5 pound) backpack that's connected to the patient's vascular system, to keep oxygenated blood pumping around the body.
It's not the most versatile thing to have on you 24/7, and Stan reported not being able to hold his daughters or give them piggy back rides. But he did manage to continue playing basketball - a total surprise to his doctors.
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