A research team of scientists of the School of Medical Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur have devised a Total Artificial Heart (TAH) that could save lives for just Rs 1 lakh.
The trials of the prototype laboratory constructed unique 13-chamber artificial heart have been successful on small animals.
The IIT has applied for permission from the Indian Council of Medical Research to conduct human trials and the IIT scientists expect to fit the heart into an ailing human patient soon.
Human trials with TAH are to be conducted at the Medical College and Hospital (MCH), Kolkata by cardiac surgeons Madhusudan Pal, Bhaskar Ukil, Tarun Saha and Kalishankar Das from MCH and Rajiv Narang of AIIMS, Delhi.
The TAH, developed after four years of research, is said to be better in its functions and more affordable than the first artificial heart developed in USA.