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The Nation

The world’s youngest artificial heart patient, Michael Drummond, 25, was improving but may have to remain on the Jarvik-7 device permanently, his mother said. Joan Drummond, a nurse for 30 years, said she was told by doctors that there is a slim possibility that her son might have to stay on the polyurethane heart because of the slow growth of scar tissue around the artificial heart implanted in emergency surgery in Tucson last Thursday. “Being a mother, I’m afraid I blocked things like that out,” she said after talking to doctors.


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