Yeah, but when will we have the courage and the brain thing

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Post by Freak » Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:54 am

Artifical Heart

About the coolest thing ever, first time in history a complete organ can be replaced artifically on a constant base.
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Post by steyn » Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:26 pm

Wow, cool, not something I would think as a permanent replacement but something to use until a real heart is available for transplant.

That is, until they can figure out a better power supply, which doesn't involve recharging every couple of hours or wires going through the skin. The moment they crack that, then it's one small step towards...:shifty

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Post by Elfdame » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:33 pm

Every little bit helps. I met a lady whose daughter needed a Berlin Heart until she could receive a transplant. They had to get permission, and fly the docs over to America, but it did buy her time until, sadly, a child died in a wreck and his heart became hers. She is alive and active now AFAIK. But she would not have likely been able to hold on until the transplant w/o the Berlin heart.

It's all very scary, very problematic, and at the same time, very hopeful. Thanks for pointing out that article.
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Post by fourpawsonthefloor » Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:15 pm

Wow, that's astounding. And wires are a small prices to pay for living until a donor organ can be found.

Moral of this story? BE AN ORGAN DONOR.
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Post by Angelique » Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:39 pm

I'm pretty excited about this, but dang, these things are expensive and cumbersome. Even if they iron out the kinks and make these things a bit less unaffordable, I'm keeping my name on the donor list. I think it would be awesome if as few people as possible would need an artificial heart in the first place.
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