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6min Heart

6min Heart

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Published by: Hùng Godi on Mar 29, 2011
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Kim Chung English Club
A new lease of life
Hello, I'm Alice.And I'm Finn.And this is 6 Minute English! This week we¶re talking about an amazingscientific achievement ± it¶s called a total
heart.That¶s a heart that¶s made completely artificially ± in fact it¶s made of plastic.Something artificial is something that isn¶t real.This total artificial heart has given
a new lease of life
to a patient in the UnitedStates ± so before we find out more, Finn, I have a question for you. Which of these creatures has the slowest
, I¶m ready!A, an elephant, b, a human being or c, a dog.Hmm ± I¶m really not sure about that. Do different size dogs have differentheartbeats I wonder, Alice
 I don¶t know! I only know which of them has the slowest heartbeat and I¶llgive you the answer at the end of the programme. So let¶s find out more aboutthis total artificial heart. Here¶s heart doctor, cardiologist Dr Doug
Horstmanshof talking about his patient, Troy Golden, a pastor from the UnitedStates who was born with a serious heart condition.
nsert 1: Dr Doug Horstmanshof He suffers from a disease called Marfan's syndrome that he was born with. Physically,He wasn't even able to get out of bed anymore, could barely bear weights, could barelybreathe comfortably. Emotionally, mentally, spiritually - he had reached a point so lowthat most of us can't even imagine.Alice:Finn:Alice:Finn:Alice:
Dr Doug Horstmanshof says his patient suffered badly from his disease. Hehad reached a point so low that most of us can¶t even imagine.A point so low ± a condition that is so bad you can¶t imagine things getting anyworse.Troy Golden was physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally exhausted.He had been put on a list for a heart transplant in January 2010 but couldn¶tfind a donor.A donor ± somebody who gives you something, in this case a human heart.Somebody who donates a heart or a liver or kidney is called an organ donor.And Troy¶s heart was in such a bad condition a normal heart pump wouldn¶twork for him, so Dr Horstmanshof decided to do something incredible inSeptember 2010. He removed his patient¶s heart completely and replaced it
with a plastic heart ± the total artificial heart. It contains valves, a pump andalso batteries to keep it powered.
So that was September 2010 ± Troy Golden has had his new heart for severalmonths now. How has it been functioning
 Let¶s hear what he says.
nsert 2: Troy GoldenYeah,
really have got to the point that
don't even really notice it, other than it's loud.So...
think for my wife it feels, to her, she can hear it beating so she knows
'm alive, soit's very comforting to her.Alice:Finn:Alice:Finn:Alice:
Troy Golden says his wife can hear the heart beating, and she finds the soundvery
omforting ± it makes her feel safe and secure.And Troy Golden says he¶s got to a point where he doesn¶t really notice hisnew heart.He¶s
got to a point
where he doesn¶t notice his new heart, which means he¶sgot used to it.Another doctor, Dr 
evin Fong, a
onsultant Anaesthetist at University
ollege Hospital in London, says the total artificial heart is almostunbelievable ± he calls it

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