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KY man first in the world with device to fight heart disease

KY man first in the world with device to fight heart disease (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WRKC) - A local man is a pioneer in helping others who may have heart problems that can lead to heart failure.

He's the first to use a special “Heart Assist Device” that a team of surgeons at Cincinnati Children's Hospital says could save a lot of lives.

The “Heartmate 3” is inside the body of Brandon Collinsworth. It’s keeping him alive.

"It came up about a week before I needed it, so it worked perfect yeah,” said Collinsworth.

Brandon needed it because a team of pediatric heart surgeons at Cincinnati Children's Hospital had run out of options to keep his heart from failing.

"Instead of being born with four chambers of the heart and two pumping chambers, he only had one pumping chamber,” said Dr. David Morales of Cincinnati Children's.

So, doctors asked him to be the first patient in the world to try the new assist device.

"And it's the first one that's completely levitated, meaning the rotary is floating in a magnet, and never touches anything else,” said Dr. David Morales of Cincinnati Children's. "So, you can hear the device is a continuous hum, a mechanical noise.”

The best part about the device is that it appears to be doing its job, the heart is pumping--proof right here.

"See this is all the fluid in his lungs, and then here is the device sitting in his heart, and its cleared up because he's no longer in heart failure,” said Dr. David Morales of Cincinnati Children's.

Brandon has not had any serious complications. The hope is he will be able to use the device long-term.

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