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Pakistan’s 1st mechanical heart transplant performed successfully

Islamabad, Pakistani doctors successfully performed country's first-ever mechanical heart transplant at the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD) in Karachi on Monday, local media reported.

The use of this technology is unprecedented in Pakistan's history and Nafeesa Begum, 62, is the first patient to undergo this complicated surgery and receive a mechanical heart aid.

The Administrator of NICVD Dr. Hameedullah Malik told media that a patient can undergo this procedure only if their other organs are functional. He added that the patient is doing fine, and would be shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) soon.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Pervez Chaudhry, who joined the NICVD team on the request of Head of NICVD Dr. Nadeem Qamar, along with his team that consists of eight experts.

The procedure costs over 10 million rupees and at the moment, it's funded by donors and NICVD.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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