Indiana man able to leave hospital thanks to portable artificial heart

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It was a medical first in Indiana. Patrick O’Hara walked out of Methodist Hospital with the state’s first total artificial heart Thursday.

He’s the first Hoosier to go home with a next-generation portable heart pump.

Earlier this year, O’Hara was admitted to the hospital with severely weakened heart muscles from a 30-year battle with heart disease.

Now, he’s free to go fishing and out to eat. They are things he hasn’t been able to do for nearly six months!

“I just want to thank everybody here at the hospital – the nurses, staff and doctors. You couldn’t ask for a better place to be,” said O’Hara.

The artificial heart is only a temporary fix for O’Hara. He should receive a real heart transplant sometime in December or January.