Fri, May 25, 2012
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Tiny artificial heart saves baby's life

2012-05-25 05:58:07 GMT2012-05-25 13:58:07(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

An Italian heart surgeon holds a tiny titanium pump, the world's smallest artificial heart, which was implanted in a baby, at the Bambino Gesu' Hospital in Rome May 24, 2012. (REUTERS)

Italian heart surgeon Antonio Amodeo holds a tiny titanium pump, the world's smallest artificial heart, which was implanted in a baby, at the Bambino Gesu' Hospital in Rome May 24, 2012. (REUTERS)

Italian heart surgeon Antonio Amodeo holds a tiny titanium pump, the world's smallest artificial heart, which was implanted in a baby, at the Bambino Gesu' Hospital in Rome May 24, 2012. (REUTERS)

Italian heart surgeon Antonio Amodeo and his team implant a tiny titanium pump, the world's smallest artificial heart, in a baby, at the Bambino Gesu' Hospital in Rome, in this undated handout picture made available to Reuters May 24, 2012. (REUTERS)

Italian heart surgeon Antonio Amodeo and his team implant a tiny titanium pump, the world's smallest artificial heart, in a baby, at the Bambino Gesu' Hospital in Rome, in this undated handout picture made available to Reuters May 24, 2012. (REUTERS)

An artificial heart the size of a pinky finger kept a 16-month-old baby alive for nearly two weeks while he waited for a heart transplant.

(Agencies)

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