This incredible video highlights a groundbreaking accomplishment in medicinal history- a man living with a pump instead of living with a heart. This surgery was done at the Texas Heart Institute in March 2011. The video is embedded below, with key points to take away from this phenomenal accomplishment.
Key Points Include:
- Craig Lewis was dying from a heart condition called amyloidosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes buildups of abnormal proteins and consequently rapid heart, kidney, and liver failure. Doctors said he had roughly 12 hours to live
- Drs. Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute installed the first continuous flow device, allowing blood to circulate his body without a pulse
- This device had been developed and successfully tested on almost 50 calves before being installed into Lewis’ body
- The device supplies a continuous flow of blood throughout the body, using blades to move the blood along
- The procedure was documented in a short called Heart Stop Beating, directed by Emmy Award-nominated director Jeremiah Zagar
- Most importantly, it proves that life is possible without a heartbeat!
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