piggyback, adjective

Origin:
Afrikaans, EnglishShow more Perhaps an interpretation of Afrikaans abba (see abba), to carry ‘piggyback’, in the combination abbahart piggy-back heart; or the Afrikaans may be derived from the English: see first quotation.
Of or pertaining to a surgical procedure in which a donor heart is implanted as a support or ancillary to the patient’s heart (which is not removed).
Note:
First performed at Groote Schuur hospital, Cape Town, in 1977.
1978 Argus 19 Apr.The word abba...has an interesting rebirth in the recent use of the term ‘abbahart’ in Afrikaans for the piggy-back heart operation.
1985 C. Groenewald in S. Afr. Panorama Aug. 37Chris Barnard performed his first piggyback heart transplant after a friend’s son died on the operating table because the transplanted heart refused to do its work...Such a piggy-back heart transplant enables the patient to retain his own heart and to use the donor’s heart as an aid.
Of or pertaining to a surgical procedure in which a donor heart is implanted as a support or ancillary to the patient’s heart (which is not removed).

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