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In yet another successful Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) treatment, a 51-year-old man from Iraq received a new lease of life when he was given an artificial heart by the doctors in Delhi.

Hani Jawad Mohammed was reportedly suffering from a terminal heart condition and had survived several bullet injuries when he was shot by the terrorists. He had undergone several rounds of surgeries in his country but nothing helped improve his condition.

Mohammed then arrived in India for treatment and the doctors here advised him for LVAD, said Ajay Kaul, Chairman and Head of Department, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at BLK Heart Centre on Thursday.

"Mohammed came to us with a terminal heart condition (cardiomyopathy) which was a result of eight gunshot injuries he had suffered during captivity," Kaul was quoted in a statement to NDTV.

The doctors found that his heart was very weak and could not pump blood on its own.

"We tried to treat him medically first but his breathlessness kept increasing and he was completely crippled. He was waiting for a transplant but due to an acute shortage of donors, it was not feasible at that point of time," added Kaul to his statement.

After a successful artificial heart transplant, Mohammed flew back to Iraq on July 28. Earlier, a 41-year-old man from the national capital received a new life after undergoing a transplant surgery successfully with the help of LVAD at a private hospital in the city. The man suffered end-stage heart failure but had miraculously cheated death for 13 times.

LVAD, which is also popularly known as an artificial heart, is a pump that is inserted inside the patient who has reached end-stage heart failure. It has a thin wire which is kept out of the body and can be linked to a power source outside. It works as a sustenance tool for patients who need to undergo a heart transplant.

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