Troy Golden, 45, walked out of Intergris Hospital Monday morning and began adjusting to life outside the watch of doctors.
â€œThe first time in Oklahoma, second time in the United States. This is absolutely incredible,â€ said Dr. James Long with the Intergris Hospital Cardiac Care.
In September, Golden received his artificial heart. It works just like a normal heart — pumping blood from his body and circulating it throughout.
Golden finally was able to go home Monday afternoon.
â€œI am feeling good. I’m ecstatic to go home. I’m ecstatic that this artificial heart has given me a chance to wait for a heart transplant,â€ Golden said as he left the hospital.
Golden said since the surgery, he has gotten progressively better.
â€œNo longer really get short of breath. Iâ€™m getting stronger every day,â€ he said.
Golden said he plans to hug his dog first thing when he gets home, since his kids arenâ€™t there.
Doctors plan to continue monitoring Goldenâ€™s success. They said the artificial heart is only a temporary solution until a donor heart is found.