Texas teen leaves hospital with heart assist device

11/13/2009 | FoxNews.com

A Texas teenager with dilated cardiomyopathy is the first patient to be discharged from a pediatric hospital with the mechanical heart assist device called HeartMate II. Frank De Santiago, 16, is on a waiting list for a new heart, but his pediatrician said in the meantime the device gives him a higher quality of life and helps him grow stronger.

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