ISRAEL - First Heart Accessory Implant

Arno Froese

The first cardiac accessory implant surgery in Israel was performed at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva, highlighting a major medical technological advancement in the field of cardiac healthcare.

In this case, a patient required a cardiac aid, but this time, rather than being implanted using open heart surgery as is usually the case, the implant was simply inserted beneath the skin.

The patient was connected to a single ProtekDuo Cannula that allows unoxygenated blood to be drawn from the right atrium and returns oxygenated blood directly to the patient’s pulmonary artery all through a single tube attached to the patient’s neck.

“Thanks to this method we are opening a new window for the most difficult patients. The failure of the right ventricle has always been a great challenge for treatment. The use of the new technology allows the use of a right ventricle assist device and slow weaning from the device until the return to normal heart function,” said Dr. Yaron Barac.

“The artificial heart transplant implicitly reflects the unique collaboration between the array of cardiac and thoracic surgeries and the cardiology array at Beilinson Hospital which makes excellence from both worlds accessible to patients,” said Dr. Ben Ben-Avraham, a senior doctor in the heart failure unit at the hospital. “The use of the device requires a very high level of skill on the part of all staff members caring for the patient, throughout all stages—from the transplant itself, through the period of hospitalization in intensive care to weaning from the cardiac assist device. There is nothing more satisfying than the ability to give our patients the most innovative medical care available in the world.”, 2 March 2021

Arno's Commentary

The word “heart” appears 833 times in the Bible. The first time in Genesis 6:5: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The last time in Revelation 18:7: “How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” In both cases it is not the physical heart—the muscle that pumps the blood—but it is the seat of the person, the place where the spirit resides. In the above-mentioned Scriptures, the evil was in the heart, but destruction followed.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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