Baptist patient headed home with battery-powered heart

By , Daily Memphian Updated: October 09, 2020 12:19 PM CT | Published: October 08, 2020 1:06 PM CT
<strong>Brian Pedigo is helped onto an exam table by his wife, Amy, before a checkup at Baptist Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Pedigo, 41, is the first person in the region to leave a hospital with an artificial heart. &ldquo;I am just happy to be here and be alive,&rdquo; Pedigo said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got to get myself built back up.&rdquo;</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Brian Pedigo is helped onto an exam table by his wife, Amy, before a checkup at Baptist Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Pedigo, 41, is the first person in the region to leave a hospital with an artificial heart. “I am just happy to be here and be alive,” Pedigo said. “I’ve got to get myself built back up.” (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

The surgery he made it through is the closest thing to an artificial heart implant ever done in Memphis.

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Brian Pedigo Amy Pedigo Rachel Harrison Martin Strueber Baptist Heart Institute Ashish Shah
Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts

Longtime journalist Jane Roberts is a Minnesotan by birth and a Memphian by choice. She's lived and reported in the city more than two decades. She covers healthcare and higher education for The Daily Memphian.


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