Saturday, 14 September 2013

The World’s First Heartless Man

The World’s First Heartless Man
--> Doctors from the Texas Heart Institute have successfully replaced a patient’s heart with a device that keeps the blood flowing, thereby allowing him to live without a detectable heartbeat or even a pulse .
--> Here’s how it works :
*The turbine-like device , that are simple whirling rotors, developed by the doctors does not beat like a heart, rather provides a ‘ continuous flow ’ like a garden hose .
Craig Lewis was a 55-year-old, dying from amyloidosis, which causes a build-up of abnormal proteins. The proteins clog the organs so much that they stop working, according to NPR .
*But after the operation, with the ‘machine’ as his heart’s replacement, Lewis’ blood continued to spin and move through his body .
*However , when doctors put a stethoscope to his chest, no heartbeat or pulse can be heard (only a ‘humming’ sound)—which “ by all criteria that we conventionally use to analyze patients”, Doctor Cohn said , he is dead .
*This is proof that “ human physiology can be supported without a pulse ” .
With all the talk of replacing human organs with those of an animal and electronic hearts , it’s surprising that medical researchers overlooked taking a trip to the plumbing section of the hardware store for replacement parts !

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