When the heart's pumping power declines, it can be life-threatening. An artificial heart can be life-prolonging – but usually only as a temporary measure. The only long-term solution is a donor heart.
Pioneering surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley died Friday aged 96. He also performed the world's first surgery implanting an artificial heart.
Salvador Sobral, the winner of the 2017 Eurovision song contest, is doing well after a heart transplant, doctors say. Sobral, who suffered from a longstanding heart condition, is Portugal's first Eurovision winner.
Restrictive laws, religious concerns and a lack of knowledge about donating organs mean that medically-sophisticated Japan lags well behind other nations in life-saving operations. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
The Netherlands has passed a controversial new law making everyone a potential organ donor unless they specifically opt out. Similar donation laws already exist in Spain, Belgium and France.
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