"If it wasnt for the Total Artificial Heart, I wouldnt be alive today," said Mr. Golden. "I truly believe having this advancement with the Freedom driver is a blessing because I dont have to stay in the hospital. It s a miracle to have the opportunity to be at home with my family and to have a life again."
Before heart failure stopped him in his tracks, Mr. Golden had preached every Sunday for the last 12 years at the New Life Assembly of God in Geary, OK. A little more than a month after being discharged from the hospital, on Nov. 21, 2010, Mr. Golden gave his first sermon since receiving the Total Artificial Heart . Today, he continues to preach at his church as well as minister to other churches in his area.
In addition, Mr. Golden, who is a big University of Oklahoma fan, was able to attend an OU football game. During one of the television breaks, he had the opportunity to go down to the field and accept a plaque on behalf of INTE GRIS Baptist Medical Center with his cardiologist, Dr. Douglas Horstmanshof. This spring, he was also able to attend his daughter Lauras high school graduation.
"My wife and I have talked to every patient who has received the Total Artificial Heart after me at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center," said Mr. Golden. "We tell them that the Total Artificial Heart will give them the opportunity to feel good again and to get out of the hospital and enjoy life again."
Mr. Golden was born with a genetic condition that has been slowly attacking his heart since birth. In January 2010, he was put on the heart transplant list, but his condition continued to deteriorate. On Sept. 15, 2010, Mr. Golden became the first person in the region to receive SynCardias Total Artificial Heart.  A month later, on Oct. 18, 2010, he became the second Total Artificial Heart patient in U.S. history to be discharged from the hospital  using the Freedom portable driver.
Mr. Golden is participating in the FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study  of the Freedom portable driver, the worlds first wearable power supply for SynCardias Total Artificial Heart. Weighing 13.5 pounds, the Freedom driver is designed to be carried by the patient in the Freedom Backpack or Shoulder Bag.
CAUTION - The Freedom® portable driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.
About the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart:
SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ)  is the privately-held manufacturer of the worlds first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart replaces both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves, eliminating the symptoms and source of end-stage biventricular failure. Unlike a donor heart, the Total Artificial Heart is immediately available at SynCardia Certified Centers  and does not require expensive anti-rejection medication, which can cause subsequent complications.
Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, SynCardias Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to transplant for people dying from end-stage biventricular heart failure. There have been more than 950 implants of the Total Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 230 patient years of life. It is the only device that provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5 liters per minute through both ventricles.
SynCardia Ranked #20 Among Worlds 50 Most Innovative Companies:
In March 2011, Fast Company magazine ranked SynCardia #20  in its annual list of the worlds 50 Most Innovative Companies for "giving mobility to artificial heart recipients." Weighing 13.5 lbs, SynCardias Freedom® portable driver is the worlds first wearable driver designed to power the Total Artificial Heart both inside and outside the hospital. The Freedom driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study  in the U.S. For additional information, please visit: http://www.syncardia.com