KOLKATA: It'll be to coronary care what Nano is to cars, say scientists at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, who have devised an An artificial heart that could save lives for just Rs 1 lakh. The research team says trials of the prototype lab-constructed heart have been successful on small animals and the gadget is being perfected on goats. The institute has applied for permission to conduct human trials.
The inventors hope to fit the heart into an ailing patient within a few months, once permissions from the Indian Council of Medical Research come through. The unique 13-chamber heart is working fine in small animals, said a member of the team. Human tests are to be conducted at Medical College and Hospital (MCH), Kolkata. Senior cardiac surgeons - Madhusudan Pal, Bhaskar Ukil, Tarun Saha and Kalishankar Das from MCH and Rajiv Narang of AIIMS, Delhi - will conduct the human trials.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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