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A team of doctors successfully performed Pakistan’s first-ever mechanical heart transplant at the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD) on Monday.

It is being seen as a milestone in Pakistan’s medical history, while the use of this technology is unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. 62-year-old Nafeesa Begum is the first patient to undergo this surgery and receive a mechanical heart transplant.

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Administrator of NICVD Dr. Hameedullah Malik said the woman’s heart was only 15 percent functional prior to the surgery but all her other organs were working fine.

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