Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Doctor, doctor, give me the news

posted by The Sailor @ 5:14 PM Permalink

I work in vision research, so I have no idea of what the doctors and patient went thru for this but it seems miraculous:
Teen lives 4 months with no heart, leaves hospital

MIAMI – D'Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart."

As she was being released Wednesday from a Miami hospital, the shy teen seemed in awe of what she's endured. Since July, she's had two heart transplants and survived with artificial heart pumps — but no heart — for four months between the transplants.
The pumps, ventricular assist devices, are typically used with a heart still in place to help the chambers circulate blood. With D'Zhana's heart removed, doctors at Holtz Children's Hospital crafted substitute heart chambers using a fabric and connected these to the two pumps.

Cross posted at SteveAudio


At 5:45 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

I don't wish to disparage nor diminish the miracle of this young lady, but Dick Cheney has lived over sixty years without a heart (which is why he will cast relatives into the fire for political expediency or sometimes for no reason at all).


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