Medical technology saves lives every day. For a young man in Michigan, it not only saved his life, it kept him alive for almost two years without a heart.
25-year-old Stan Larkin was heartless - literally. He did not have a heart in his body for 555 days, yet he still lived a very normal and active life.
Stan didn't need a heart. He had a high-tech backpack filled with portable cardiovascular technology that kept him alive while he waited for a heart transplant. The blood pumping backpack, made by Syncardia was installed by doctors at the University of Michigan.
Although he described the wait for a new real heart as an "emotional roller coaster," Larkin did not let the 13-pound artificial heart, strapped to his back, slow him down. His doctors were stunned to find out Larkin regularly played in pickup basketball games, despite carrying a weight equal to four MacBook Pro laptops on his back.
The best news, both Stan and his brother Dominique - who suffered from the same congenital heart disease, have received transplants and are reportedly healthy and living normally for the first time in their young lives.
Just two weeks after receiving his new heart, Stan promised he would stay off the basketball court for a while, but added "I feel so good right now, I might go for a jog!"