Tom Christerson, 70, of Central City, Ky., is breathing well without ventilator support, and spending time each day sitting in a chair and taking short walks outside his room, says a statement by Jewish Hospital at the University of Louisville.
Robert Tools, 59, of Franklin, Ky., who received the first artificial heart in July, has been moved out of an intensive-care unit and is walking about, says the report.
Tools apparently was just days away from death when he learned about the development of the artificial heart in a Newsweek article that reporter Ann Underwood had helped write. She describes the personal satisfaction of meeting and shaking hands with Tools in this first-person account on MSNBC.
The heart device was developed by ABIOMED of Danvers, Mass.