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I got a new lease of life : Woman s heart transplant allows her to shed 9kg load of heart pump-related devices

SINGAPORE - On Feb 10, Ms Kong Xiang Hui will celebrate her third Chinese New Year with her transplanted heart.  Before the transplant, the 30-year-old s life had depended on an implanted heart pump that took over the functions of the organ. But while it kept her alive, it also changed how she lived. The pump came with two battery packs, one of which she carried in front, in a cross-body bag, and the other on her back, in a backpack. These were connected to the pump by two wires sticking out of her abdomen. In total, it weighed 9kg. Despite that burden, Ms Kong, whose heart failed in 2012 as a result of a flu-like viral infection, counted herself lucky. The heart pumps enabled her to live with heart failure for nearly nine years until she received a heart in July 2021 from a 14-year-old donor with the same blood type and about the same body weight. Heart donors are hard to come by, but the use of artificial heart pumps, known as ventricular assist devices, has helped to keep patients alive while they await a heart transplant.


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