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Artificial-heart recipient is walking and talking

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The man with the world's first self-contained artificial heart is standing up and walking short distances with help, doctors said Friday.

The patient, who has been identified only as a man in his 50s, received the AbioCor artificial heart July 2 at Jewish Hospital.

The University of Louisville surgeons who implanted the heart, Drs. Laman Gray and Robert Dowling, said he has been strong enough to travel by wheelchair outside of his hospital room, stand and walk with assistance, according to a hospital statement.

The statement said the patient is able to talk and is also writing notes to family members, friends and medical personnel.

He is off a ventilator, his kidney and liver functions are stable and his lungs are clear, the hospital said.