Derby man's life transformed by robotic arm heart surgery


A Derby man who became the first person to have heart surgery using 3D mapping and a robotic arm at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital said it has transformed his life.

Patrick Flood, from Alvaston, underwent the new procedure a year ago after suffering chest pains, breathlessness and blackouts because of an irregular heart rhythm.

He said the surgery had got rid of all the symptoms and allowed him to make a full recovery.

Dr Andre Ng, who helped pioneer the new surgery, said the robotic arm provided more precision and had been used on a further 29 patients since Mr Flood.

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