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December 27, 1995
Trio Of Calves Thrive On Permanent, Wireless Artificial Hearts

Hershey, Pa. -- For the first time at Penn State's Milton S. Hershey medical Center, three calves are living with a totally electric, wireless, permanent artificial heart.

Not only that, but one of the calves' hearts is a little different than the other two. The heart is about three-fourths as large, making it ideal for men with smaller chests and for many women and teenagers. This marks the first time Hershey researchers have successfully tested a smaller version of the electric heart.

Sanjay Mehta, M.D., research fellow in surgery, will be available to meet with the news media tomorrow, Dec. 28, at 1:00 p.m., at the Medical Center's animal research facility to discuss the project. Please call the Office of Public Relations, 531-8606, if you plan to attend.

A team of Hershey surgeons and engineers is one of only three groups currently awarded a federal contract to develop the next generation of wireless, permanent electric hearts.

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