transplant http://www.kplu.org en Man walks out of Seattle hospital with no heartbeat (just a pump) http://www.kplu.org/post/man-walks-out-seattle-hospital-no-heartbeat-just-pump <p>Of all the organs to take out of your body, the heart is the most dramatic. About 90 people in the Pacific Northwest are on a wait-list for a heart transplant. While they&#39;re waiting, many are confined to bed, for months or even years at a time, with an artificial heart connected to a 418-pound pump.&nbsp;</p><p>A new artificial heart allows them to walk around, and, now, even leave the hospital. It&rsquo;s still considered experimental, although it&rsquo;s been used more than 1,000 times around the world.</p><p>The first person to walk onto the streets of Seattle with an artificial heart&mdash;plus its external battery pack&mdash;exited the University of Washington Medical Center on Wednesday. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:39:01 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4528 at http://www.kplu.org Man walks out of Seattle hospital with no heartbeat (just a pump)