Cardiac device maker, Thoratec Corp., had recalled certain batches of its implanted heart pump, the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System. According to Thoratec, five people have died while using the pump. Before the recall, Thoratec had received 27 reports of pump replacement being required due to damaged electrical wires, called leads, in the pump. If there is confirmed damage to the pump’s leads, the pump should be replaced as soon as possible. However, such replacement surgery could be fatal. The HeartMate II was approved in April as one of the limited options for people with severe congestive heart failure. Thoratec’s recall of HeartMate II pumps is worldwide and applies to all serial numbers with the catalogue number 1355 or 102139.
Sheller, P.C., has a long history of successfully representing people who have been injured by defective products and medical devices, including recalled heart defibrillators. If you or someone that you know has been injured by a Thoratec HeartMate II pump, contact Sheller, P.C. to investigate your legal rights.