Berlin heart languishes in approval, doctors frustrated

04/24/2007 | USA Today

Eighty percent of those on a Berlin heart survive to transplant, yet the device -- an external pump with implantable tubes to get blood into and out of the machine -- is not approved by the FDA. A pediatric cardiologist said the Berlin heart was better than extracorporeal membrane oxygenation because it lets patients remain awake, thus reducing the risk of potential complications.

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