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Heart-implant recipient has chest fluid drained

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The first human recipient of a self-contained artificial heart went back to surgery to drain fluid from his chest, his doctors said.

University of Louisville surgeons Laman Gray Jr. and Robert Dowling said fluid around the device's battery pack was drained Monday in a 30-minute procedure.

The patient was in critical but stable condition Wednesday, the doctors said. The man visited with family and friends and exercised.

The patient has been identified only as a man in his late 50s with diabetes and a history of heart problems.