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In their most optimistic report to date, doctors said artificial heart recipient Mary Lund is “quite awake” at times and is particularly responsive to her husband’s voice. “She seems to be responding to spoken words by opening her eyes and looking around the room, which she had not done previously,” said Dr. Fredarick Gobel, spokesman for the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Lund, who became the first woman to receive an artificial heart with the Dec. 18 implant of a Jarvik-7, remained in critical but stable condition.


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