LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A 74-year-old man who was the world's fourth person to receive a fully self-contained artificial heart died after suffering multiple organ system failure.
The man, whose identity was kept confidential at the request of his family, died Wednesday, doctors at UCLA Medical Center said. He had been living with the AbioCor heart since Oct. 17 -- 56 days -- but had never been well enough to leave the hospital.
During the clinical trial phase under way, the only patients who qualify are those with end-stage heart failure, who are too ill to qualify for a heart transplant and who have a less than 30 percent chance of surviving longer than a month without the mechanical heart.
Three of the six recipients have died, two of organ failure and one of massive bleeding.
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