02-07-2012 02:22 AM CET - Health & Medicine

Five-year-old Berlin Heart patient included in photography artist Horst Wackerbarth´s „Gallery of mankind“

Press release from: Berlin Heart
Horst Wackerbarth:
Horst Wackerbarth: "The Red Couch - A Gallery of Mankind", Tobias Rojer (5), Dr. Eugen Sandica (44)
Horst Wackerbarth, a worldwide famous photography artist is travelling around Europe with his red couch in order to take pictures of people of various cultures. For the first time he recently took his couch to Bad Oeynhausen where Dr. Eugen Sandica, chief surgeon at the Heart and Diabetes Center Bad Oeynhausen, and his young heart failure patient Tobias sat down.

For five-year-old Tobias, the photo-shooting with Horst Wackerbarth was a most welcome distraction. The roof of the Heart and Diabetes Center Bad Oeynhausen, where Tobias is currently being treated served as a suitable scenery. The young patient is suffering from severe heart failure and is desperately awaiting transplantation. As his own heart would not be able to fulfill the necessary pump function until a suitable donor heart becomes available, the mechanical heart assist device EXCOR® Pediatric takes care of it.

Horst Wackerbarth has already taken several pictures of people sitting on his red couch for his „Gallery of Mankind“ collection. The photo session in Bad Oeynhausen though, was special to him. „I really wish that this photo contributes to increase the awareness of the current lack of donor organs. With all my heart I am hoping that Tobias receives a new heart“, says Horst Wackerbarth at the end of the photo

Also for Dr. Sandica this appointment was something exceptional. Together with his team he has already treated several children with the heart assist device EXCOR® Pediatric from Berlin Heart. Talking about the so-called “artificial heart” he states „we are happy that we are able to bridge long waiting times for
donor hearts with the EXCOR® device. More often than not, this is the only possibility for our patients to survive“.

About Berlin Heart
Berlin Heart GmbH is the only company worldwide that develops, produces, and distributes implantable and external ventricular assist devices for patients of every age and body size. The devices INCOR®, EXCOR® Adult and EXCOR® Pediatric can support failing hearts short-, mid- and long-term and therefore offer a life-saving therapy. Customers moreover benefit from clinical and technical support by Berlin Heart VAD specialists who are available 7-24. INCOR® and EXCOR® Adult are not FDA-approved, but widely used in Europe. The company is the market leader in Germany and Europe.

About EXCOR®
EXCOR® is a para-corporeal ventricular assist device for patients of all age groups, from newborns to adults. It is used for short-, mid- and long-term cardiac support and can support failing hearts for any duration from a couple of days to several months and years. Since the first implantation in 1988 EXCOR®
has been implanted in more than 3.000 patients worldwide.
The Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (EXCOR® Pediatric) is approved for use by the FDA under a Humanitarian Device Exemption. All other products are not available in the US.

Berlin Heart
Katharina Schubert
Wiesenweg 10
12247 Berlin


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