New artificial heart gives patient newfound mobility

Most patients with artificial hearts are stuck in the hospital, but not Chad Washington.

He can go home for the holidays thanks to UCLA Medical Center.

The 35-year-old was given a SynCardia Temporary Total Artificial Heart.

The technology is small enough to fit in a backpack, say doctors.

So instead of being stuck in a hospital, patients have their mobility back — or as UCLA put it, “You can even go to the supermarket, watch your kid’s soccer game or go on a hike.”