A British man has set a record after he lived without a heart for two years - surviving with the help of an external blood pump.
42-year-old Matthew Green a married pharmaceutical consultant with a seven-year-old son, received a donor heart early last month having lived for two years with an external blood pump after the removal of his own fatally diseased organ.
The heart transplant was carried out at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. Green remains in hospital but doctors are hopeful he will be able to return home soon, 'The Sunday Times' reported.
"I feel incredibly lucky that I have been given a third lease of life as a result of my heart transplant," said Green.
In July 2011, both main chambers of Green's heart failed as a result of an unusual form of the condition cardiomyopathy that causes the electrical impulses controlling the heart to go out of rhythm.
He underwent an experimental procedure at Papworth to remove the diseased organ altogether, and instead connect his blood vessels to an external pump.