A key feature of the heart pump developed by the Nanyang Technological University is that patients can use it without the need for open-heart surgery, said professor Freddy Boey, a key member of the research team.

The pump has a tiny engine powered by a battery.

“We believe it is the smallest… we have not seen anything smaller than this,” Boey told AFP Monday.

“The key advantage is you can insert this device without open heart surgery,” he said, adding this meant heart patients could avoid complications like immunological rejections and thrombotic infections.
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