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Former Buffalo Sabre Receives Artificial Heart

CBS Rochester
University of Rochester Medical Center

April 12, 2012 - A life-saving operation is the first of its kind in upstate New York - and the recipient just happens to be a former Buffalo Sabre.

Former Sabre and Amerks Hall of Famer Gates Orlando is only 49, but he has a rare form of heart failure. Since last week, he's been living with an implanted artificial heart.

Dr. Todd Massey had done research on artificial hearts and waited for a surgery milestone like this. On April 4, he and a team of surgeons replaced Gates Orlando’s diseased heart with a totally artificial one in just over three hours. It's a first for Strong Hospital and upstate New York.

 

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