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First Illinois patient receives artificial heart

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The first patient in Illinois to receive an entirely artificial heart left the hospital Thursday.

The use of a mechanical heart was recently approved by the FDA, and Illinois' first patient left Advocate Christ Medical Center with a fully functioning mechanical heart.

Doctors checked his vital signs and he is eager to greet his loved ones at his own home. Leroy Haynes, 64, is a retired postal worker from Monee, Ill.

Haynes has spent about three months in the hospital, receiving treatment for end-stage heart failure.

Doctors said the mechanical heart device completely replaces both chambers of the heart. He travels with a rechargeable mobile unit that will help him achieve a freer, better quality of life.

Doctors also said the device makes care cheaper for the patient and Haynes doesn't have to be in the hospital to receive care.

Instead of dying of heart failure, he gets more time to wait for an actual heart transplant.

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