Jeff Abner was almost dead from congestive heart failure when Kentucky doctors implanted an experimental heart pump in a last-ditch attempt to revive him. That was two years ago - and it's still working so well that Abner spends his days hunting and fishing.

The 43-year-old Beaver Dam man still needs a heart transplant to improve his chances of a long life. But on Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration decided that both Abner's pump and a competing model should be sold to help heart transplant candidates survive wait for a donor heart at home instead of in a hospital bed.The new implantable pumps, made by Baxter Inc. and Thermo CardioSystems Inc., let the patients do their waiting at home and worked so well that some patients who had been within days of death returned to work or other normal activities.