Engineer with artificial heart plugs himself into cigarette lighter to keep it pumping on long car journeys

A former fitness fanatic who has an electric artificial heart has to keep himself topped up on long car journeys – by plugging into the cigarette lighter.

Chris Marshall, 50, walks around with a backpack full of batteries and connects himself to the mains when he sleeps at night.

He suffered a near-fatal heart attack three years ago and underwent a series of gruelling procedures to correct his faulty heart and narrow valves.

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