A Fresno man received an unusual Valentine’s Day gift on Saturday — a mechanical heart that was implanted in his chest at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
Luis Caballo Sanchez, 70, was suffering from kidney and liver failure when his family consulted Dr. Pervaiz Chaudhry at Community Regional and decided to go ahead with the surgery.
“The patient was very sick. We thought he might not make it, but we talked with the family and the surgery was successful,” Chaudhry said. “The patient is still in the unit. He has some bleeding but he will be OK.”
Chaudhry said Sanchez will be able to live with the mechanical heart for the rest of his life.
Neither Sanchez nor his family members could be reached for comment Saturday evening.
Chaudhry said he began developing mechanical heart surgery in 2010 when it became approved by the FDA.
He said he’s the only one in Fresno who does the surgery.
“We have done over 30 mechanical heart surgeries,” Chaudhry said. “So far all the surgeries have been successful.”
The patients usually go home within six to 10 days after the surgery, then they go into rehab to get stronger, he said.